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VN, India move to enhance defence ties

Update: November, 09/2013 - 08:49
Vietnamese and Indian defence leaders discussed measures to step up the two countries' defence ties during the eighth Viet Nam-India National Defence Strategic Dialogue in HCM City yesterday.
HCM CITY  (VNS) — Vietnamese and Indian defence leaders discussed measures to step up the two countries' defence ties during the eighth Viet Nam-India National Defence Strategic Dialogue in HCM City yesterday.

Such measures included the enhancement of high-level meetings between the two defence ministries and co-operation in personnel training, defence industry, naval and air forces.

Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh, who together with his Indian counterpart Radha Krishma Mathur, co-chaired the event, highlighted the fruitful relationship between Viet Nam and India over the past years.

The two countries have shared strategic interests as well as challenges in ensuring national security and defence, he said.

Vinh voiced his hope that the dialogue will contribute to further strengthening defence co-operation between the two countries, for peace, friendship and mutual interests.

Sharing Vinh's views, Indian Deputy Minister Radha Krishma Mathur said India considers co-operation with Viet Nam one of pillars in the country's Look East policy.

At the dialogue, the two sides exchanged their views on regional and international issues and reached consensus on fostering the bilateral defence linkage.— Photos qdnd

India always attaches importance to the further expansion of multilateral co-operation, especially the bilateral defence ties with Viet Nam, he affirmed.

At the dialogue, the two sides exchanged their views on regional and international issues and reached consensus on fostering the bilateral defence linkage.

India stressed the settlement of the East Sea issue through peaceful solutions and called on relevant sides to observe international conventions, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Vietnamese side applauded India's viewpoints in this field and wished that the country will bring into full play its role to contribute to ensuring peace and security in the region and the world at large.

Vietnamese defence leaders called on India to closely partner with the country at regional and international forums and share experience in training forces in preparation for joining UN peacekeeping missions in the coming time. — VNS

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