NEW DELHI (VNS)— Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its strategic partnership with India, which underlines the country's policy on South Asia, as it appreciates India's proactive role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh stated this when he met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi yesterday, as part of his three-day official visit to India, from July 10-12.
During their meeting, PM Singh applauded Viet Nam's socio-economic achievements, confirming that India regards Viet Nam as key to its "Look East" policy, as well as pledging to promote and expand its bilateral strategic partnership with Viet Nam.
He agreed with the outcomes of the 15th Viet Nam-India Joint Commission meeting, asking that both countries clarify key areas of cooperation such as economics, security/defence, science/technology and culture and education.
Numerous Indian businesses are keen to invest in Viet Nam, said the Prime Minister, adding that the opening of a direct flight route between both countries will enhance cooperation in economics, culture and tourism.
Foreign Minister Minh passed on greetings from several senior Vietnamese leaders to India's top politician and delivered an invitation from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, asking Manmohan Singh to visit Viet Nam soon.
Later the same day, the Vietnamese Foreign Minister gave a speech on Indian-Vietnamese relations and regional issues, at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), which received special attention from various respected Indian academics, researchers and the media.
The 15th meeting of the Viet Nam-India Joint Commission ended on Thursday, with many important decisions being reached.
Both countries stated that they will continue to strengthen their strategic partnership and diversify areas of cooperation in the near future. — VNS