India, Vietnam to work for open Indo-Pacific region

Earlier on Saturday, Quang was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in the national capital and he met Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj.

The Vietnamese President is due to hold talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ondifferent bilateral issues at the Prime Minister's Office at about 10 am on the day.

Stating that all aspects of the bilateral relationship were discussed in detail in Saturday's talks, Modi said that both nations, being developing nations, gain from the experiences of each other. India and Vietnam enjoy warm and cordial relationship with common roots in history. The two countries had signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement in 2016 and the MoU will enhance training and research collaboration possibilities.

We will work together to make the Indo-Pacific region an open, independent and prosperous area, in which sovereignty and worldwide laws be respected, Modi stressed.

"We have decided that we will enhance cooperation in defence production and explore opportunities in the transfer of technology".

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Quang, who is on a visit to New Delhi, said that Vietnam reaffirmed its support to India to "further its relations and multi-faceted connectivity with ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) attaching high importance to the maintenance of security, maritime safety and freedom of navigation and over-flight, settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of worldwide law, including United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS".

According to official figures, trade relations between New Delhi and Hanoi exceeded seven billion dollars previous year, although the goal is to raise the figure to 15 billion in 2020. Among a series of steps to strengthen cooperation in the region, India has been discreetly improving Vietnam's defences.

The goal of the work plan is to promote cooperation in the transfer of technology and exchange of technical expertise in the fields of agriculture and allied.

Vietnam is the country coordinator for India with the Asean, a role that will be passed on to Thailand later this year.

The goal of the MoU is to establish a framework for enhancing economic and trade promotion.

  • Adam Floyd