Vietnam wants stronger strategic partnership with India

(VOV) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of developing the time-honoured friendship and strategic partnership with India across a variety of fields for mutual benefit.

At a reception for the visiting Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj in Hanoi on August 25, PM Dung said that her visit will significantly contribute to the fine traditional relations and strategic partnership between Vietnam and India.

The Government leader thanked India for its great support and assistance for Vietnam’s past struggle for national independence and current national construction and defence.

The Indian FM told his host her new government always attaches great importance to boosting cooperation with Vietnam which holds an increasingly important position in the world.

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PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) welcomes Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj in Hanoi. 

She also conveyed an invitation to visit India in early October from PM Narendra Modi to PM Dung to devise major measures for future bilateral relations.

The forthcoming exchange visits by the Indian President in September and PM Dung in October demonstrate the two nations’ recognition of the high importance of elevating their relations to new heights, Sushma Swaraj said.

The Indian diplomat suggested both sides should increase bilateral cooperation in all fields to utilize their full potential, adding that India is appreciative of Vietnam’s security and defence status and wants Vietnam to become its partner in this field.

On economic, trade and investment cooperation, Sushma Swaraj asked the two countries to increase the volume of investment and bilateral trade by two and three fold from the current level. She underlined the need to finalize bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations and open a direct air route between the two countries soon.

The Indian FM said Indian leading firms are keen to invest in large infrastructure projects in Vietnam, noting her nation wishes to achieve an agreement with Vietnam in the field of catfish breeding and corn and rice production. Additionally, the two countries need to strengthen cross-cultural exchange to help deepen mutual understanding.

Regarding the East Sea issue, Sushma Swaraj said at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Myanmar recently, India clearly expressed its stance on opposing the use or threat to use force in international disputes while voicing strong support for the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

PM Dung agreed with all proposals made by Minister Sushma Swaraj and confirmed Vietnam's desire to bolster the strategic partnership with India in various fields- politics, diplomacy, economics, trade and investment security, defense, education, training, science and technology and cross-cultural exchange.

Dung told his guest Vietnam supports India's Look East policy as well as sound relations between India and ASEAN countries. He also praised India’s great achievements, its rising international status and its contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Receiving the India FM on the same day, President Truong Tan Sang confirmed Vietnam's willingness to open its door for Indian investments in various fields and agreed with her suggestion on intensifying the exchange of delegations at all levels to deepen Vietnam-India relations. 

He asked both sides to increase cooperation in energy, garment, military technology, and defence personnel training. 

The Indian FM reiterated that her country always prioritises strengthening ties with Vietnam , particularly in economy and trade while hoping that that the two countries will soon sign memoranda of understanding aimed at enhancing their partnership in agriculture, aquaculture and defence. 

Concerning Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s forthcoming visit to Vietnam, Sushma Swaraj 
described the trip as an event of special importance for bilateral ties, which signify Vietnam’s prioritised position in India’s Look East policy.