Vietnam, India agree to foster strategic partnership in all fields
|Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. (Photo: WVR) |
Along with raising two-way trade to 15 billion USD right in 2022, both countries should strengthen cooperation in different areas such as culture, people-to-people exchange, science-technology, energy, and education-training in a more effective and substantial manner, they concurred.
They also agreed to work together to remove difficulties facing investment cooperation projects towards more sustainable and healthy trade relations.
The two Foreign Ministers shared their delight at the progress of Vietnam-India ties, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foreign Minister Son, who was in India for the Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (SAIFMM) and the 12th Delhi Dialogue, congratulated India for successfully organising the events.
He thanked the Indian side for providing helpful support to Vietnam in the COVID-19 fight. He asked for coordination from India to prepare for upcoming high-level visits, and invited Foreign Minister Jaishankar to visit Vietnam and co-chair the 18th meeting of the Vietnam-India Joint Committee on economic, trade, science-technology cooperation in Hanoi in the second half of 2022.
|Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son holds talks with Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. (Photo: WVR) |
Foreign Minister Son suggested that India create favourable conditions for Vietnamese farm products, including rambutan, longan and durian to enter the Indian market, while encouraging Indian firms to invest in Vietnam in areas of Indian strength and Vietnamese demand, such as innovation, high technology, IT, and pharmaceuticals.
For his part, Jaishankar congratulated Vietnam on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic to recover the economy and become a bright spot in the region in investment attractions and tourism.
He agreed with the Vietnamese Foreign Minister’s proposals, and pledged to coordinate with Vietnam to organise activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.
He affirmed that India considers Vietnam an important pillar of its “Act East” policy, vowing to work to further promote the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in the future, thus meeting the demands and interests of both sides.
The two Foreign Ministers also discussed a number of regional and international issues of shared concern. They agreed to continue their close coordination and mutual support at international and regional forums, especially the UN and within the ASEAN-India cooperation framework.
They highlighted the significance of maintaining security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight at the sea and oceans in line with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
|Two Foreign Ministers witnessed the exchange of Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in cybersecurity. (Photo: WVR)|
Following the meeting, the Ministers witnessed the exchange of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in cybersecurity between the Vietnam Cybersecurity Emergency Response Teams/Coordination Centre under the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Cybersecurity Emergency Response Teams/Coordination Centre under India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Earlier, at a meeting with a delegation from the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee in West Belgan State led by its President Kusum Jain, Foreign Minister Son affirmed that Vietnam always treasures the sentiments of generations of Indian friends towards Vietnam.
He said he hopes Jain and the committee will continue to help connect Vietnamese and Indian people, contributing to reinforcing the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in the three key pillars of politics, economy and culture.
Kusum Jain affirmed that the committee will continue to make more contributions to the people-to-people exchange between the two countries.
The same day, the two Foreign Ministers co-chaired a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-India diplomatic relations at the Vietnamese Embassy in New Delhi, which drew about 200 Indian guests.
Addressing the ceremony, Foreign Minister Son highlighted important achievements of Vietnam-India ties over the past 50 years, underlining that the two nations have always supported each other during the past struggle for independence as well as the current national construction and development.
He expressed his belief that with the high determination of leaders of both countries and support from their people, the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership will continue to thrive for the interests of the people of the two countries and for peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in the region and the world.
|The logo of the Vietnam-India 50-year-ties was announced. (Photo: WVR)|
At the ceremony, the logo of the Vietnam-India 50-year-ties was announced, along with the screening of a documentary film on the history of bilateral relations.