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Ties with India a priority for Viet Nam

Update: January, 07/2012 - 09:52


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Minister of State for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Human Resources Development E. Ahamed, in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI— Viet Nam attaches special importance to developing cooperation with India, considering it a priority in the country's foreign policy.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the affirmation while receiving Minister of State for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Human Resources Development E. Ahamed, in Ha Noi yesterday.

PM Dung stressed that Viet Nam will do its utmost, together with India, to deepen the two countries' strategic partnership.

He expressed his wish that the two sides speed up the implementation of cooperative programmes, especially in economic trade and investment.

The Government leader affirmed that Viet Nam supports India's "Look East" policy and is willing to serve as a bridge for India to strengthen and expand cooperation with other ASEAN countries.

Ahamed affirmed that India wants to develop comprehensive relations with Viet Nam. He asked the Vietnamese Government to create favourable conditions for Indian firms to do long-term business in the country.

He suggested the two sides increase the exchange of delegations at all levels in order to strengthen the friendship, cooperation, mutual trust and understanding between the two peoples.

On the same day, Ahamed attended a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Viet Nam and India, which falls today, and the 5th anniversary of the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries.

Addressing the function, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh expressed his pleasure that since its establishment in 2007, the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries has been developed in a practical and efficient manner on the basis of the key pillars of politics, national defence and security, economy and trade, culture and human resource training.

For the Indian side, Ahamed said that in recent years, economic and trade relations have developed rapidly and the two countries have set a target of US$7 billion in bilateral trade turnover by 2015.

In addition, relations between the two countries in many other fields, including agriculture, science and technology, education and resource development are also expanding. Co-operation in national defence and security between the two sides are also seeing strong development, he said. — VNS

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