Vietnamese, Indian Prime Ministers hold talks

They engaged in talks in New Delhi on January 24 during PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s trip to attend the ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit and a ceremony celebrating the 69th anniversary of Republic Day of India. Both said that activities during the Friendship Year 2017 contributed to promoting the two countries’ all-around ties, especially in culture, tourism and people-to-people exchange. They agreed to regularly maintain all-level visits via the Party, government, National Assembly and local channels and people-to-people exchange, and soon hold the next meeting of the ministerial-level Inter-Governmental Committee in the first half of 2018 to outline specific measures to realise the Action Programme for the 2017-2020 period. Describing national defence-security link as an important pillar of the bilateral ties, the PMs suggested further intensifying trustworthy and effective collaboration in the field. PM Phuc wished that India would continue assisting Vietnam in capacity-building and English language improvement, technology transfer and credit supply for national defence. The Indian PM welcomed the continued exchange of delegations, the maintenance of national defence-security cooperation mechanisms and requested actively launching several credit packages as agreed. In order to achieve the target of US$15 billion in two-way trade by 2020, they asked the Inter-Subcommittee on Trade to convene a meeting early this year to discuss measures, with a focus on stepping up airline and maritime connectivity and gradually removing trade barriers to facilitate exports and imports. The Vietnamese leader pledged to create favourable conditions for Indian enterprises to enhance economic and trade links, especially in fields of India’s strengths and Vietnam’s demand… [Read full story]

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