Vietnam, India reinforce comprehensive strategic partnership

VOV.VN - President Tran Dai Quang and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have had in-depth discussions on all spheres of the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership with major highlights of strong growth in bilateral trade.

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President Tran Dai Quang had talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a welcome ceremony with a 21-gun salute at the Indian Presidential Palace in New Delhi on March 3 morning (local time).

Prominent guests welcoming the Vietnamese State leader and his delegation included Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and many other senior officials of India.

After the welcoming ceremony, President Quang gave an interview to the Indian media featuring the importance of his State visit to India and the outlook for the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership in the future. 

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President Quang gives an interview to the Indian media.

At their talks, both sides extolled the vigorous growth of Vietnam-India relations over the past 45 years since they officially established the diplomatic relations.

PM Modi held that the State visit by President Quang demonstrates Vietnam’s commitments to bolstering the countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership. 

Modi affirmed his nation will continue to accelerate the implementation of its “Act East Policy” to step up its cooperation with the Asian-Pacific region, noting that Vietnam is a priority and plays a key role in the policy. 

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President Tran Dai Quang and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R).

Both sides reiterated commitments and high political determination to further deepen Vietnam-India relations as well as exchanged major orientations to bolster all-around cooperation.

Concerning politics and diplomacy, they concurred to intensify all-level delegation exchanges, especially among high-ranking officials, via the Party, State, Government, and National Assembly channels, and people-to-people exchanges as well.

The two sides will push up cooperation in defense-security through maintaining English training courses and building capacity for the two sides’ officials, providing preferential credit packages, joining the UN peacekeeping activities, improving the efficiency of defense-security dialogues and mechanisms, and considering the expansion of cooperation in other potential fields.

Regarding economic-trade-investment cooperation, trade barriers will be reduced, making it easier for exports to gain entry into each other’s market, towards elevating their bilateral trade to US$15 billion by 2020. 

According to India’s statistics, two-way trade between the two nations grew to more than US$10 billion from US$6 billion over the past 5 years. 

Vietnam and India concurred to focus their cooperation on renewable energy, agriculture, garment-textile, oil and gas. Particularly in the area of oil and gas, along with the current cooperation mechanism, India hopes to expand tripartite collaboration between Vietnam, India and the third party.

Defense-security is also a key pillar in the bilateral cooperation. India desires to partner with Vietnam in this aspect to ensure an independent and stable Indo-Pacific region with differences to be dealt with peacefully.

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The two sides greatly valued symbolic cooperation projects such as Long Phu 2 thermal power plant in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, wind and solar power projects in central south provinces, and discussed the possibilities of forming garment and textile industrial parks of India in Vietnam. 

Vietnam hopes India will continue to provide it with technical, technological and financial assistance in the fields of infrastructure and human resources development, and science-technique, and help Vietnam improve its research and development capability, especially in bio-technology, health care, and application science, President Quang said. 

The two countries will also work closely on an India-funded project to preserve and embellish the My Son relic site, as well as launching more tourism promotion activities, thus increasing the number of visitors to the respective country. 

With regard to multilateral level, President Quang affirmed Vietnam's readiness to cooperate closely with India to help the Central Asian country further solidify all-around ties with other ASEAN member nations.

Quang and Modi agreed upon the importance of maintaining peace, stability and aviation and navigation freedom; settle disputes by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and fully respect diplomatic and legal processes. 

They also underscore the need to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the Ease Sea (DOC) and soon achieve a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

The two sides agreed to offer mutual support at international and regional forums, especially in a bid to run for seats in important agencies of the United Nations, and in sharing initiatives on global issues to carry out UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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After the talks, President Quang and PM Modi witnessed the hand-over of cooperation agreements signed during the visit, including a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two sides’ ministries of industry and trade on economic and trade cooperation; the Action Plan on agricultural collaboration in 2018-2020; the MoU on cooperation between the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute and the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership

The two leaders also hosted a joint press conference to announce the outcomes of their talks.

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President Quang invited his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi and Indian top legislators along with other Party and State leaders to visit Vietnam soon. 

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The same day, President Tran Dai Quang and his delegation paid floral tribute to India's national hero Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat Memorial.