Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh meets Indian President during visit

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh meets with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (Photo: VNA)


New Delhi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh affirmed to Indian President Pranab
Mukherjee at a meeting in New Delhi on July 4 that Vietnam wants to step up the
comprehensive strategic partnership with India.

Minh, who is on an official visit to India, said
the two countries should increase multilateral cooperation, consultation and
coordination in addressing international issues of mutual concerns in order to
better respond to changes in international and regional situations.

The Deputy PM congratulated India on its
accomplishments in economics, science and technology and expressed his belief
that India will soon become one of the biggest economies in the world.

President Pranab Mukherjee showed his
satisfaction at the strong development in the sound traditional friendship
between Vietnam and India.

He said the establishment of the bilateral
comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016 opened up a new chapter in the two
countries’ cooperation and further deepened their relations.

The President pledged to support the bilateral
solidarity and friendship in any position.

The same day, Minh met with India’s Minister of
Defence and Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley.

The
two sides agreed to maintain cooperation in security-defence, especially
training and exchanges at relevant forums.

Minister Jaitley said India will continue
providing Vietnam with preferential credit packages to help the country realise
its ambition of modernisation and industrialisation.

Minh said the two nations have numerous
investment cooperation opportunities, so the governments should encourage and
create the best conditions for businesses to expand win-win partnership.

Also on July 4, Deputy PM and FM Minh delivered
a speech at the opening session of the ninth Delhi Dialogue.

The
Deputy PM said the Asian-Pacific region is witnessing a strong shift in
geopolitics and geo-economy toward the formation of a multi-polar order.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) and India share major political and socio-economic interests in the
Asia-Pacific region, he said, proposing the two sides play a greater role in
maintaining regional peace, stability and development.

ASEAN
and India will create a dynamic economic development space based on their close
infrastructure, digital and navigation connectivity, as well as trade links,
investment ties, and people-to-people exchanges, he said.

Both sides will work to boost the building of an
open and balanced regional architecture based on the rule of law, Minh said,
adding that the ASEAN-India bilateral cooperation will be an important momentum
in the success story of “Asia-Pacific Century”.

As the coordinator for ASEAN-India relations in
2015-2018, Vietnam vows to woth with countries to step by step realise the
vision of the bilateral strategic partnership, and connect the implementation
of the ASEAN Vision 2025 with the Act East Policy of India, focusing on three
pillars: politics-security, economy, and culture-society.

In terms of politics-security, ASEAN supports
India to play a bigger role as a leading power in the Asia-Pacific and beyond,
and hopes to enhance coordination with the country to effectively deal with emerging
challenges, and to build a rule-based regional architecture.

The
bloc also welcomes India’s efforts to maintain regional peace, stability and
development.

In economic terms, ASEAN and India share
important interests in promoting liberalisation of trade and investment. Unprecedented
opportunities are awaiting ASEAN and Indian investors and consumers when the
two sides establish a 1.8 billion-strong market with a total gross domestic product
(GDP) of 4,500 billion USD, Minh noted.

Indian
businesses could gain access to a united ASEAN market with a population of
nearly 650 million with close connectivity with regional leading economies via
free trade agreements, he said.

Minh called on ASEAN and India to optimise their
huge potential to create regional value chains and become a driving force for
regional economic integration, while actively involving in the overall plan on
ASEAN connectivity and implementing highway and seaport projects, and soon
completing the negotiation of agreements on marine transport and aviation.

He also suggested increasing ASEAN-India cooperation
in education, tourism, culture and people-to-people exchanges, especially among
youngsters, on the basis of their thousand-year-old historical and cultural
links.-VNA



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