India, Vietnam explore ways to enhance strategic partnership, discuss global issues

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India and Vietnam held the 12th round of political consultations and the ninth round of strategic dialogue between foreign ministries on Monday. During the high-level meeting with ministers and dignitaries, the two sides insisted on exploring new partnership opportunities to mutually support economic development and national security. Besides, New Delhi and Hanoi also exchanged views on the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war. According to the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the diplomats also explored new opportunities of mutual interest in order to meet the demands and shortages created by the twin crises – coronavirus and war.

Notably, on the Indian side, Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), MEA, visited Hanoi on Monday and co-chaired the meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister HE Nguyen Minh Vu. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed recent developments in their comprehensive strategic partnership guided by the “Joint Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People” adopted by the Prime Ministers of India and Vietnam during of their virtual summit in December 2020. According to the statement, India and Vietnam expressed satisfaction with recent developments despite the global pandemic.

“They expressed satisfaction with the sustained momentum in their multifaceted relationship, despite the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, with frequent high-level engagements, including the recent phone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, HE Nguyen Phu Trong, as well as the Lok Sabha Chairman’s visit to Vietnam in April 2022,” he added.

Diplomats explore ways to strengthen Indo-Vietnamese relations

In addition, Secretary (East) conveyed India’s readiness to continue expanding development and capacity building assistance to Vietnam through initiatives such as Quick Impact Projects, ITEC and e-ITEC, PhD scholarships, digital connectivity and heritage conservation. The two sides agreed to improve physical connectivity and promote tourism and people-to-people exchanges, including leveraging their common Buddhist ties and the popularity of yoga in Vietnam.

During the high-level meeting, they agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation in line with India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and ASEAN’s outlook on the Indo-Pacific to achieve security, shared prosperity and growth for all in the region, the statement said.

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