Deputy PM Minh’s India visit to deepen bilateral partnership

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh (L) at an interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in New Delhi (Photo: VNA)


New Delhi (VNA) – The upcoming visit to India by Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh aims to seek specific measures to enhance
the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership, stated Vietnamese
Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh.

In an interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in New Delhi,
Thanh said that the Deputy PM Minh will visit India and attend the ninth Delhi
Dialogue from July 3-5, which is among activities to mark Vietnam-India
Friendship Year 2017.

During his stay, Minh will hold talks with Indian Minister of External
Affairs Sushma Swaraj to discuss measures to promote and expand bilateral cooperation
in various fields, including politics, security-defence, economy-trade, investment,
tourism, science-technology, culture and education, he noted.

The two sides will also discuss regional and international issues of
shared concern.

Following the talks, the two sides will sign an Action Programme to
implement the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Minh will also meet senior leaders of India as well as local business
community, and attend and deliver a speech at the ninth Delhi Dialogue on July 4-5.

The visit aims to implement the Party’s external policy of deepening
international relations, strengthening partnerships, especially with strategic
partners and major powers, while affirming Vietnam’s interest in developing the
Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership, said Ambassador Thanh.

The diplomat said that Deputy PM Minh’s India visit is among activities
to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-India diplomatic ties and 25
years of establishing the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership, as Vietnam is the
coordinator of ASEAN-India relations for 2015-2018.

Over the past 45 years, Vietnam and India have seen strong progress in
ties. They set up a strategic partnership in 2007 which was lifted to a comprehensive
strategic partnership in 2016.

The two countries are enjoying flourishing ties, with close cooperation
in all fields, stated the ambassador.

Trade between the two countries has boomed recently. Vietnamese carrier
Vietjet Air will launch a direct route linking Ho Chi Minh City and New Delhi soon,
he noted.

In the future, the two sides should further foster their affiliation for
more comprehensive development of bilateral ties, he concluded.-VNA



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