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Vietnam, India keen to step up security, defense cooperation

Saturday, April 04, 2015, 16:32 GMT+7

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and visiting India’s national security adviser Ajit Kumar Doval have showed the determination of both countries to foster their defense and security cooperation. Vietnam wishes to deepen cooperation with India in all fields on the basis of their special trust, particularly in national defense and security, PM Dung said at his meeting on April 3 with his Indian guest who has been on a visit to Vietnam, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The PM said that the two nations have long-standing friendship relations and that Vietnam always remembers the great support and assistance the Indian people gave to Vietnam during its struggle for independence as well as national reconstruction.

Vietnam always supports India’s “Act East” policy as well as its strengthening of strategic partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, PM Dung said.

While calling on the two countries to promote cooperation in all fields from politics to economics, trade and investment, the PM asked India to step up cooperation with Vietnam in defense and military technology, particularly in personnel training in the air force, navy and intelligence.

The Vietnamese leader also wanted stronger cooperation in cyber security and preventing and combating terrorism and hi-tech crimes.

For his part, Ajit Kumar Doval said India will be always a companion with Vietnam in any circumstances, and emphasized that a stable, developed and prosperous Vietnam is of India’s interest.

The Indian adviser affirmed India would do all it can to assist Vietnam in defense and security, specifically defense industry, military technology, intelligence, personnel training, cybercrimes and cyber security.

In respect of the East Vietnam Sea issue, the Indian official reiterated India’s stance that ensuring navigation freedom in the East Vietnam Sea is of great importance.

He stressed that India would not accept any unilateral action to change the status quo in the sea area and that all disputes must be solved through peaceful measures based on international law.

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