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Prime Ministers of Viet Nam, India agree on stronger ties, more top-ranking exchanges

Update: December, 22/2012 - 10:29

 

Nguyen Tan Dung at a ceremony at an ASEAN-India summit that commemorates 20 years of formal ties between ASEAN and India. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
NEW DELHI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has affirmed Viet Nam's consistent policy of attaching importance to consolidating and strengthening the reliable friendship, long-lasting tradition and strategic partnership with India.

Dung made the statement at his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi yesterday, during which the two PMs discussed measures to boost co-operation between the two countries.

They agreed to increase the exchange of high-ranking delegations, maintain existing co-operation mechanisms, promptly establish the trade inter-committee and an education and training joint working group, and implement signed agreements to raise bilateral trade to US$7 billion in 2015.

The two leaders also agreed to further strengthen co-operation in information technology, biology, aerospace, nanotechnology, oceanography and Indian studies.

The two sides pledged to continue co-operating at regional and international forums. They affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea, resolving disputes through peaceful means, abiding by international law and the 1982 UNCLOS, implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and looking forwards to build the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.

The two PMs spoke highly of the close co-operation between both countries' agencies in organising activities to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and the Viet Nam-India 2012 Friendship Year.

The leaders expressed their pleasure at the developing strategic partnership between the two countries and vowed to continue co-operation in all fields, including politics, economics, national defence and security, science and technology, culture, and education and training.

Dung congratulated India on its successful organisation of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, describing it a milestone in the history of the friendship and strategic co-operation between India and ASEAN, and with Viet Nam in particular.

Singh spoke highly of Viet Nam 's active participation at the event and stated that Viet Nam is one of India 's most important partners in its "Look East" policy.

Vision Statement

The Vision Statement issued by leaders attending the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit stresses that the ASEAN-India Partnership stands elevated to a strategic partnership.

In order to effectively implement the Plan of Action to carry out the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity (2010-15), India will support and co-operate closely with ASEAN to realise the ASEAN Community in 2015. The two sides agree to set up an ASEAN-India Centre for this purpose.

They are committed to enhancing mutual understanding and friendship through close high-level contacts and exchanges and will make use of existing ASEAN-led regional processes, such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

The two sides are committed to fostering greater security co-operation and information sharing, to strengthening co-operation to ensure maritime security and freedom of navigation, and safety of sea lanes of communication for unfettered movement of trade in accordance with international law, including UNCLOS.

They will promote maritime co-operation besides advancing economic co-operation and engaging the emerging regional economic architecture, looking for a target of US$100 billion for ASEAN-India trade by 2015, and also expect tariff-free lines to increase beyond the existing level in subsequent years.

They also touched on co-operation for long-term food security and energy security in the region, socio-cultural co-operation including people-to-people interaction, human resources development, the completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and its extension to Laos PDR and Cambodia and the new highway project connecting India-Myanmar-Lao PDR-Viet Nam-Cambodia as well as developing the Mekong-India Economic Corridor (MIEC) connecting Southeast Asia to South Asia on the eastern part of India. — VNS

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