Vietnam, India Strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Via Defense Ties
On June 19, Indian Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh hosted a welcome ceremony for Minister Giang and the Vietnamese delegation at the Headquarters of the Indian Ministry of Defense, following by an offical convocation.
Minister Singh warmly welcomed Minister Giang and the delegation, affirming that their visit will contribute to tightening the friendship relationship between the people and armies of the two countries.
|General Phan Van Giang was accorded Tri-service guard of honor prior to the meeting with his counterpart, Indian Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh (Photo: baoquocte.vn).
He stressed that Vietnam is an important partner in India's Act East Policy. Cooperation between the two countries has increasingly been developing comprehensively in the fields of politics - diplomacy, economy - trade, defence - security, culture, education - training, and people-to-people exchanges.
In response, Vietnamese Minister of Defense General Phan Van Giang reaffirmed that defense cooperation is one of the important pillars contributing to promoting the partnership between the two countries.
Agreeing with General Giang, the Indian Minister emphasized that India wants to strengthen its comprehensive cooperation relationship with Vietnam, including in the field of defence.
|Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh (left) and Vietnamese Defense Minister Phan Van Giang at the meeting on June 19 (Photo: baoquocte.vn).
The two sides agreed that over the past time, the defence cooperation between Vietnam and India has been promoted following the frameworks, signed cooperation documents and agreements effectively. Some of the typical examples are exchanges of delegations, consultation and dialogue mechanisms, training, army services, defence industry, United Nations peacekeeping, and strategy research.
|Vietnamese Defense Minister Phan Van Giang also met with President of India Droupadi Murmu on the same day (Photo: Ngoc Ha).
On the same day, General Phan Van Giang had a meeting with President of India Droupadi Murmu.
Giang conveyed the greetings of President Vo Van Thuong to President Droupadi Murmu. On this occasion, Minister Phan Van Giang sent condolences and deep greetings to the victims and relatives of those affected in the recent serious railway accident in the Indian state of Odisha.
Minister Phan Van Giang affirmed that Vietnam always attaches great importance to consolidating and developing the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with India laid down by President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The goood friendship and partnership of Vietnamese and Indian peoples has been cultivated by past generations and will be for generations to come.
Since the official establishment of diplomatic relations, the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation are developing strongly, expanding and go into depth, bringing practical benefits to the two peoples.
Welcoming General Phan Van Giang and the Vietnamese delegation to India, Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, agreed with the Vietnamese guest that, with the rich historical relationship with civilizational and cultural links for more than 2000 years the two peopls shared, Vietnam is a key pillar of India's Act East Policy and is India's key partner in the Indo-Pacific Vision.
|Minister Phan Van Giang and the delegation came to lay a wreath at the President Ho Chi Minh Monument in New Delhi (Photo: Ngoc Ha).
She was pleased to note that defense cooperation between India and Vietnam is spreading across many areas, including capacity building, industrial cooperation, peacekeeping and joint exercises, adding that the India-Vietnam "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" has effectively broadened the scope of not only defense and security cooperation, but also trade and investment relations, energy security cooperation, cultural relations and people-to-people exchanges.
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