India and Vietnam explore coalition to support economic development and security
India and Vietnam on Monday held the 12th round of political consultations and the ninth round of strategic dialogue between the two countries’ foreign ministries and explored new partnership opportunities to mutually support economic development and national security.
“The two sides exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, particularly in the context of the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current crisis in Ukraine, as they explored new partnership opportunities to support each other’s economic development and national security,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.
Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), MEA co-chaired the Political Consultations and Strategic Dialogue among Foreign Ministries with his counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu.
The statement said the Secretary (East) reaffirmed India’s position that sees Vietnam as a key partner in our Act East policy and Indo-Pacific vision.
He expressed India’s readiness to continue expanding its development and capacity building assistance to Vietnam through initiatives such as quick impact projects, ITEC and e-ITEC initiatives, scholarships PhD, digital connectivity and heritage conservation.
In a tweet, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the talks covered bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest between two global strategic partners.
The MEA statement said 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.
India and Vietnam expressed satisfaction with their close coordination in regional and multilateral forums. They agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation in line with India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook to achieve shared security, prosperity and growth for all in the region.
The two sides reviewed recent developments in their comprehensive strategic partnership guided by the “common vision for peace, prosperity and the people” adopted by the prime ministers of India and Vietnam during their virtual summit in December. 2020 and the action plan for 2021-2023 signed by their foreign ministers.
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 Shri Narendra Modi and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, HE Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, as well as the visit of the President of the Lok Sabha to Vietnam in April 2022.
The two sides also discussed the future cooperation program, including high-level exchanges and activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Indo-Vietnamese diplomatic relations this year.
During his visit, the Secretary (East) also visited Vietnam Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and conveyed to him the greetings and invitation of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to visit India in June 2022 for the Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers Meeting and the Delhi Dialogue. .
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