The ministry has also sent eight officers to apply for different positions at the UN agencies in Italy and the U.S to establish cooperative relationships and exchange information with the specialized agencies.
Since 2014, Vietnam has sent 172 military officers and staff from the Ministry of National Defense for UN peacekeeping missions in the Central Africa Republic and South Sudan, as also deputations to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the UN headquarters, Lich said.
Vietnam has received more than $4.8 million from the UN and more than $20 million from the international community for the work, which has helped reduce state budget spending on these activities, he added.
Joining UN peacekeeping forces has promoted defense cooperation between Vietnam and other countries. Vietnam has signed nine memoranda of understanding on UN peacekeeping cooperation with partner countries like Australia, China, France, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the U.S.
The forces' activities have contributed to improving the position and prestige of Vietnam in the region and in the international arena and this was a factor in the nation’s successful bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, Lich said.
Currently, the government has asked the ministry to prepare to send about 320 sappers of the Vietnam People’s Army to join UN peacekeeping forces.