Vietnam, India to tighten friendship between the two peoples and armies
|The delegation of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence hold talks with representatives of the Indian Ministry of Defence. (Photo: VNA)|
Singh hosted a welcome ceremony for Giang and the Vietnamese delegation on June 19 morning at the headquarters of the Indian Ministry of Defense.
After that, the two sides held talks during which Singh warmly welcomed Giang and the delegation, affirming that their visit will contribute to tightening the friendship relationship between the people and armies of the two countries.
Singh affirmed that Vietnam is an important partner in India's Act East Policy. Cooperation between the two countries has increasingly been developing comprehensively in the fields of politics - diplomacy, economy - trade, defence - security, culture, education - training, and people-to-people exchanges.
The Indian minister emphasised that India wants to strengthen its comprehensive cooperation relationship with Vietnam, including in the field of defence.
The two ministers agreed that the relationship between the two countries is traditional and friendly ties, fostered by generations of leaders and people of the two countries, and is developing fruitfully.
Giang said that India is a close reliable friend of Vietnam. On behalf of the Government and people of Vietnam, Giang thanked the Government and people of India for giving the Vietnamese people valuable support during its past struggles for independence and today's national development.
The two sides agreed that over the past time, the defence cooperation between Vietnam and India has been promoted following the frameworks, signed cooperation documents and agreements, and achieved practical results in areas, including the exchange of delegations, consultation and dialogue mechanisms, training, army services, defence industry, United Nations peacekeeping, and strategy research.
In the coming time, based on the Joint Vision Statement on the Vietnam-India defence partnership to 2030, and in line with the friendship, tradition, and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, their cooperation will be promoted in various areas.
Regarding multilateral cooperation, the two sides assessed that India and Vietnam have similar views on many regional and international issues, and closely coordinated and supported each other at multilateral forums, especially within the framework of the United Nations and ASEAN mechanisms of which India is a partner such as the ASEAN-India Summit and the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+).
Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides shared the view on settling disputes by peaceful measures, and respecting the diplomatic and legal processes in line with the principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The visit of Minister Phan Van Giang and the Vietnamese delegation has contributed to the further development of bilateral defence cooperation - an important and strategic pillar of the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership for the benefit of the people of each country, and for peace and stability in the region and in the world.