PM vows to foster ASEAN-India strategic ties

October 05, 2017 - 08:00

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has said Việt Nam will do its best to foster ASEAN-India strategic partnership in its role as the current coordinator of ASEAN-India ties and a close friend of India.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (R) yesterday receives Sunil Lanba, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff of India.– VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

HÀ NỘI – As a close friend of India and the current co-ordinator  ASEAN-India ties, Việt Nam will spare no effort to foster strategic partnership between the two sides, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said yesterday.

He made the statement during a reception held in Hà Nội yesterday for Sunil Lanba, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff of India.

Praising the outcomes of talks between senior officers of the two armies, Phúc said he firmly believes that on the back of efforts and strong consensus between the two countries’ leaders and people, ties between Việt Nam and India will further progress in diverse areas.

Việt Nam supports the “Act East policy” of the Indian government, he said, adding that the country also backs India’s stronger participation in East Asia co-operation and its bid for permanent membership of the reformed United Nations Security Council.

He thanked India for assisting Việt Nam in national defence over the past years and expressed wish to nurture economic, trade and investment ties with the country. Việt Nam welcomes more Indian investors to do business in the country, he said.

Lanba said India always treasures its friendship and partnership with Việt Nam and considers Việt Nam its biggest friend in the region.

He said India will work to further strengthen all-round co-operation with Việt Nam. — VNS