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Nation backs maritime links with India: PM

Update: May, 25/2013 - 09:04

HA NOI (VNS)— The Government always backs collaboration between the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport and Indian Ministry of Shipping, especially in maritime and inland waterway projects, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.

Receiving Indian Minister for Shipping G. K. Vasan in Ha Noi yesterday, Dung hailed the outcomes of talks between Vasan and Minister for Transport Dinh La Thang, saying that agreements reached by the two ministries will make practical contributions to the bilateral relations.

Dung said Viet Nam wants to do its utmost to strengthen links with India in various fields, especially in economics, trade, investment, national defence and security, education and training, for the benefit of both nations.

He also expressed his wish that the two countries will support each other at international forums, for the stability and prosperity of their own, the region and the world.

The PM suggested the Indian side promptly negotiate and sign a new agreement to replace the existing 1993 aviation agreement, as well as cementing maritime traffic and shipbuilding co-operation .

Vasan said the two ministries signed the Maritime Agreement during his visit, shared experiences and discussed solutions to port management and maritime transport.

He affirmed that India considers Viet Nam a pillar in its Look East policy and is willing to work with the Vietnamese side to bolster co-operation in fields where each side is strong.

Earlier, Thang and Vasan signed a bilateral co-operation agreement on shipping and trade.

The 18-clause agreement will strengthen Viet Nam-India maritime traffic, promote two-way economic and commercial exchanges, while generating opportunities for Vietnamese industry to penetrate regional and international maritime markets.

It also facilitates cargo and passenger transportation between the two countries, allowing the presence of freight companies' commercial representatives of one country in the other, provided they comply with the laws of the two nations.

Viet Nam and India enjoy a strong bilateral relationship, particularly since establishing their Strategic Partnership in 2007.

The agreement provides a foundation for the two countries to speed up co-operation in building ships, plus training sailors and experts. — VNS

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