Updated: May 31, 2022 1:31 am IS
New Delhi [India]May 31 (ANI): India and Vietnam on Monday held the 12th round of political consultations and the ninth round of strategic dialogue between the foreign ministries of the two countries, exploring new opportunities for partnerships to advance the economic development and national security of the to support each other.
“Both sides exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, particularly related to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, as they explored new partnership opportunities to advance each other’s economic development to support others and national security,” said a State Department press release.
Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), MEA, along with his counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu, led the policy consultations and strategic dialogue between foreign ministries.
The publication said the Minister (East) reaffirmed India’s position in considering Vietnam as a key partner in our Act East policy and Indo-Pacific vision.
He conveyed India’s willingness to further support Vietnam through initiatives such as Quick Impact Projects, ITEC and e-ITEC initiatives, PhD grants, digital connectivity and heritage preservation and provide capacity building support.
In a tweet, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the discussions covered bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern between two broad strategic partners.
The MEA statement said the two sides have agreed to improve physical connectivity and encourage tourism and people-to-people exchanges, including by leveraging their shared Buddhist connections and the popularity of yoga in Vietnam .
India and Vietnam expressed satisfaction with their close coordination in regional and multilateral fora. They agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation in line with India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific to achieve shared security, prosperity and growth for all in the region.
Both sides reviewed the latest developments in their comprehensive strategic partnership guided by the “Common Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People” adopted by the Prime Ministers of India and Vietnam during their virtual summit in December 2020 and the Action Plan for 2021-2023 signed by their foreign ministers.
They expressed satisfaction at the continued momentum in their multiple relationships, despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with frequent high-level engagements, including the recent phone call between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Vietnamese Communist Party Secretary-General HE Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, as well as the visit of the Speaker of Lok Sabha to Vietnam in April 2022.
The two sides also discussed the future agenda of cooperation, including high-level exchanges and activities to mark the 50th anniversary of India-Vietnam diplomatic relations this year.
During his visit, Secretary of State (East) also visited Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and conveyed to him Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s greetings and invitation to visit India in June 2022 for the Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers Meeting and Delhi Dialogue. (ANI)
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