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VN backs India's Act East policy

Update: March, 31/2015 - 09:38
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets with Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo VNA

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam backs India's Act East policy and comprehensive connectivity with Southeast Asia, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong told Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Ha Noi yesterday.

He said existing co-operative mechanisms can be utilised to realise commitments and deepen bilateral ties.

Mahajan noted that Viet Nam was India's strategic partner in the ASEAN and the broader region. Viet Nam has also played a key role in India's "Look East" policy, now known as the "Act East" policy, she said.

She said a determined and co-operative approach would further solidify ties of traditional friendship between the two countries.

Receiving Mahajan the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the Vietnamese government looks to the Indian legislature to back stronger partnerships across the board.

The areas include economics, trade, investment, tourism, science-technology, education-training, national defence-security, people-to-people exchanges, and multilateral forum co-operation, he said.

The Government also supports the strengthening of ties between Vietnamese and Indian legislatures, Dung said.

Mahajan noted that India and Viet Nam have been able to work together in many areas without obstacles.

Upcoming visits to Viet Nam by India's Defence Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament as well as the launch of direct flights between the two countries will mark new milestones in their bilateral relationship, she said. — VNS

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