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​Vietnam, India cement comprehensive strategic partnership

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 16:01 GMT+7

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have discussed measures to enhance the two nations’ relationship, as part of the former’s visit to India from January 24 to January 26.

PM Phuc, along with his wife and a delegation of high-ranking Vietnamese officials, arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday evening in order to prepare for his participation in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on Thursday.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, a conversation between PM Phuc and his Indian counterpart, PM Modi, was organized later that day.

During the talk, the two leaders expressed their delight at the strong development of bilateral ties since the establishment of comprehensive strategic partnership in September 2016.

They agreed to further improve the two countries’ relationship by maintaining all-level visits and exchanges and to intensify the trustworthy and effective collaboration in defense and security.

Both governments will provide favorable conditions in order to boost their economic cooperation. They will also propose breakthrough measures to raise bilateral trade turnover to US$15 billion by 2020.

PM Phuc wished that India would continue assisting Vietnam in training high-quality human resources, as well as in technology transfer and credit supply in multiple fields. 

The Vietnamese leader pledged to create favorable policies for Indian enterprises to enhance economic and trade connection in such fields as infrastructure, information technology, mechanical engineering, energy, and high-tech agriculture.

Regarding the situation in the East Vietnam Sea, the two premiers highlighted the importance peaceful settlement of disputes with respect to international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Following the talks, they witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between Vietnamese and Indian authorities and businesses.

Earlier the same day, PM Phuc also met with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and leaders of top enterprises in India, which have been operating in the Southeast Asian country.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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