|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives India's national security adviser Ajit Kumar Doval in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam wants to deepen cooperation with India in all fields on the basis of the special trust both countries enjoy, particularly in national defence and security, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
Receiving India's national security adviser Ajit Kumar Doval in Ha Noi, Dung said generations of leaders have fostered a special relationship of friendship between Viet Nam and India.
Viet Nam always remembers the great support and assistance that the Indian people provided to Viet Nam during its struggles for independence as well as national reconstruction, he said.
The PM reaffirmed Viet Nam's support for India's "Act East" policy as well as the strengthening of its strategic partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Reiterating that the two countries should boost co-operation in all fields, including politics, foreign affairs, trade and investment, the PM sought increased co-operation with India in defence and military technology, particularly in personnel training in the air force, navy and intelligence sectors.
He also wanted stronger ties with India in cyber security and preventing and fighting hi-tech crimes as well as terrorism.
Doval said India would be Viet Nam's friend in all circumstances and a stable, developed and prosperous Viet Nam is in India's interest.
He pledged that India would do all it can to assist Viet Nam in the areas of defence and security, specifically in the defence industry, military technology, intelligence, personnel training and cybersecurity.
He reiterated India's stance ensuring navigational freedom in the East Sea is of great importance and that India would not accept any unilateral action to change the status quo.
All disagreements and disputes must be solved through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, he said, adding that this point of view had been affirmed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at all international forums.
$15 billion trade target
Also yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception for Doval.
He said both sides should work harder and raise two-way trade to US$15 billion by 2020 as agreed upon by leaders.
He also expressed the hope that Viet Nam and India would continue their close co-ordination at regional and international forums, including the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, ASEAN and related forums, as well as sub-regional partnership mechanisms.
Their collaboration during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations should also be strengthened, he said.
Minh sought India's continued supporting for the stance of ASEAN and Viet Nam on the East Sea issue.
He pledged that Viet Nam would back India companies in exploring and exploiting oil and gas resources in Vietnamese waters in the East Sea.
Doval affirmed that Viet Nam was a key pillar of India's Act East Policy. He said India supported the settling of disputes through peaceful measures without using or threatening to use force, on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
He stressed the importance of fully observing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and of working towards the early establishment of an East Sea Code of Conduct. — VNS