The Chairman of National Assembly’s Committee for National Defense and Security said that Vietnam wants to expand defense and security cooperation with Belgium, including learning Belgium’s experience in joining international security activities. The official, Nguyen Kim Khoa, who led a Vietnamese delegation to visit Belgium, made the statement at a meeting with Chairman of the Belgian Chamber of Representative’s Defense Committee Filip De Man in Brussels on Tuesday. At the meeting, De Man briefed his guest on the Belgian army’s operations and the role of the defense committee in building the force’s action programs in foreign countries. In reply, Khoa called on Belgium to support Vietnam’s view on multilateral issues, especially those related to security and the East Sea. He also informed De Man of the challenges faced by the Vietnamese army in protecting the nation’s territorial integrity. During other meetings with the Belgian Central Committee for Counter-terrorism and special units of the Ministry of the Interior, the Vietnamese delegation learnt about the organization and deployment of fire fighting and anti-terrorism forces in Belgium in particular and Europe in general. Meanwhile, the Belgian side pledged that it would boost cooperation with Vietnam in the field of public security and defense. During their visit to Belgium, the Vietnamese delegation also met with representatives from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and asked them to start a defense and security dialogue with Vietnam.