India Army Chief in Vietnam to boost defence ties

(VOV) -Indian Army Chief of Staff General Dalbir Singh is in Vietnam on a four-day working visit, December 17-20, to fortify defence and strategic cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation.

The Army Chief's visit seeks to expand army-to-army cooperation and is the first visit by an Indian chief of staff since the two nations launched a strategic partnership a few years ago. It comes on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA).

The visit contributes to consolidating the long-standing traditional friendship relations between the two nations said Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, on December 20 at a welcoming reception for Singh.

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Over past years, the strategic partnership between the two nations has flourished, Quan said at the reception adding that, Ho Chi Minh City has actively promoted cooperative relationships with many Indian localities and has granted in excess of 30 investment licenses to Indian enterprise during the timeframe.

In November, direct flights connecting HCMC to India officially lifted off creating yet more favourable conditions to bolster tourism and further enhance trade between the two sides.

For his part, Indian General Dalbir Singh affirmed the relationship between the two armies has seen positive developments, particularly between the navies and air forces.

He said India is desirous of boosting defence ties, particularly army-to-army ties, and stands ready to assist Vietnam in the fields of training, maintaining, and repairing equipment.

Dalbir Singh underscored that political stability in the region will help the two countries develop economically and serve the best interests of maintaining peace and order in the region and in the world.