At the occasion Federica Mogherini said: "This Agreement allows Viet Nam to participate in the European Union’s missions and operations. We have 16 of them around the world and I understand that Viet Nam has already expressed an interest in looking into the possibility of participating in one of our training missions in Africa. This would add an enormous potential to our already-strong cooperation on security and defence issues, which we discussed during my last visit to Hanoi. And I am sure that this will contribute to strengthening the overall European Union-Vietnam, but also the European Union-ASEAN [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] and EU-Asia cooperation in this field".
The EU missions and operations deployed outside the Union are the most visible EU commitment to a rules-based multilateral approach to international peace and security. The signing of this Agreement with Viet Nam is a significant step forward in our relations and shows an elevated ambition from both the European Union and Viet Nam to implement effectively their defence and security cooperation partnership, which had been discussed during the visit to Hanoi of the High Representative/Vice-President in August. Viet Nam becomes the second partner country in Asia to sign a Framework Participation Agreement with the European Union, after the Republic of Korea, and the first in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
With the signature of this Framework Participation Agreement today the EU and Viet Nam have committed themselves to address shared security challenges in Asia and elsewhere. The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) provides the Union with the operational capacity to deploy both civilian missions and military operations, while Framework Participation Agreements constitute an important way for the EU to strengthen the involvement of our partners in this area. CSDP missions and operations are a unique instrument in