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Vietnam-India relations reach new heights

Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari (L) is welcomed by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan (R). Photo by Thong Nhat/VNA/VNS

Publication Date : 16-01-2013


Vietnam and India agreed to boost cooperation in national defence, trade, science and technology, culture and education, as well as to raise their trade turnover to US$7 billion by 2015.

The agreement was reached during the meeting yesterday between Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and her counterpart, Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari who is paying the first official visit to Vietnam.

Doan highly valued the recent progress of the two countries' traditional friendship and strategic partnership in all fields.

She stressed that the country always appreciated its relations with India, which made great contributions to peace and cooperation in the region and the world.

Ansari affirmed that India always offered its support to Vietnam in its fight for independence in the past, as well as backing its current construction and development efforts.

The two sides expressed pleasure over the success of the Vietnam–India Friendship Year 2012 with various important events and activities such as high-ranking visits, conferences on the two countries' strategic partnership, economic forums and art performances. All these efforts have tightened their friendship and improved the mutual understanding of their people.

The two sides agreed to boost political cooperation through regular high-ranking visits and cooperation of the political parties as well as to pay attention to implementing signed agreements including the 2011-13 Action Programme.

They also reached agreement on mobilising bilateral co-operations and forming new mechanisms of bilateral cooperation such as the joint committee on Trade or Security Dialogue.

According to the two vice presidents, it is necessary to sign new cooperation agreements on handing over prisoners and judicial assistance in the civil fields, in addition to the supplementary agreement of the 1993 Aviation Agreement.

The two sides also agreed to keep coordinating with each other at international and regional forums.

At the meeting, the two vice presidents witnessed the signing ceremony of cooperation documents for small and medium-sized enterprises.

On the same day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had a meeting with Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

Trong said the Party and the government attached much importance to strengthening the strategic partneship with India in all fields.

He suggested that the two countries' friendship should be based on the results of their 40-year diplomatic relations and five-year strategic partnership to intensify their relations for their mutual benefits.

Ansari said all political parties in India gave their support to boosting its relations with Vietnam.

On the same day, President Truong Tan Sang also had a meeting with Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

He expressed his pleasure over the results of the meeting between the two vice presidents.

Ansari expressed his hope that the Cultural Centre of India would be formed in Vietnam to serve as a bridge for cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also received Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

Dung said the recent results in the two countries' strategic partnership brought benefits for the development of the two countries.

He suggested the two countries should make tight coordination and settle arising issues over their cooperation in economy and investment as well as create favourable conditions for their enterprises to do business.

He expressed his wish that India would give its support in settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures based on international laws.

Ansari affirmed that India always considered Vietnam as a main pillar in its Look East policy and is willing to co-operate with the country in the fields in which one side has demand and the other has advantage.

Regarding the issues in the East Sea, Ansari said international laws were clear about this and the consistent view of India was to support settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means because only these could ensure peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.


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