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India says VN top SE Asian partner

Update: September, 25/2013 - 08:00
Chairman of the Indian Chiefs of Staff Committee, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne meets Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, in New Delhi.—VNA/VNS Photo

NEW DELHI (VNS)— India attached much importance to fostering relations with Viet Nam , especially in defence, because it was viewed as India's top partner in the Southeast Asia region.

Chairman of the Indian Chiefs of Staff Committee, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne said this yesterday while receiving Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Army, in New Delhi.

Air Chief Marshal Browne said the visit of the high-ranking Vietnamese army delegation would create an impetus for the development of the two countries' strategic partnership, including defence co-operation.

Lieutenant Ty spoke highly of the traditional friendship between Viet Nam and India , which was founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Nehru and nurtured by generations of leaders and peoples of the two countries.

He congratulated the Indian Government and people on achievements they had made in national construction and development, voicing his belief that the South Asian country would develop more prosperously in regional and international arenas.

Both host and guest shared their delight at the development in bilateral defence cooperation in all realms, especially since the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral defence co-operation in 2009.

The two sides agreed to continue developing this relationship more effectively in the fields of delegation exchange, deputy minister-level defence dialogue, training, naval and air force co-operation.

Browne said India would actively assist Viet Nam in preparing to join UN peacekeeping activities. He said India strongly supported Viet Nam's initiative to set up an expert working group on humanitarian mine action at the second Asian Defence Ministerial Meeting Plus (ADMM+), adding that his country would join hands with Viet Nam in realising this plan as a co-host.

Lieutenant General Ty also met senior Indian military officials, including the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff. — VNS

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