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Viet Nam, India bolster defence ties

Update: January, 17/2015 - 09:31
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and his Indian counterpart R K Mathur. — Photo VNA

HA NOI (VNS)— Defence co-operation has become an important pillar of the strategic partnership between Viet Nam and India, senior officials of both sides agreed yesterday.

Speaking at the 9th National Defence Dialogue between both countries held in New Delhi, they also concurred that all kinds of disputes should be solved through peaceful measures based on international law without the use of force or threat of using force.

Chairing the three-day dialogue that ended yesterday, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and his Indian counterpart R K Mathur, said that defence co-operation between the two countries had progressed and obtained fruitful results in various fields including exchange of delegation and co-operation in human resources training.

The two sides will begin work soon on a credit package worth US$100 million that India has offered Viet Nam to build ships for maritime law enforcement purposes, they said.

Mathur said that India has always considered Viet Nam a key part of its "Look East" policy and attaches great importance to developing co-operation with the long-standing ally, he said.

The Vietnamese Deputy Minister re-affirmed the statement of high-ranking officials from both sides that defence co-operation was a key component of the strategic partnership between both countries.

Viet Nam would do its best to develop bilateral co-operation to match the two countries' potentials, he said.

The two sides agreed to continue implementation of signed agreements with a focus on exchanges in defence strategies, policies and delegations as well as co-operation among military forces, especially the navy.

They will also strengthen co-operation in hi-tech areas, the defence industry and IT development.

Officials said that the second phase of construction of an IT and foreign language centre in Viet Nam with Indian support would begin soon.

They also agreed to boost co-operation in multilateral forums including ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Forum and ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting-Plus (ADMM+).

India said it would support Viet Nam's participation in peacekeeping work under the auspices of the United Nations.

Also yesterday, the Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister met with India's National Security Advisor Ajit Dovan. Vinh also visited some units of the Indian navy, air force and army as well as the defence industry. — VNS

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