Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds virtual interaction with his Vietnamese counterpart
New Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held an online interaction with Minister of National Defence of Vietnam Sr Lt Gen Phan Van Giang on July 1 and agreed to enhance engagements between defence forces of two countries.
During the interaction, both Ministers reviewed the progress on the current initiatives and expressed commitment to further enhance engagements between the two Forces under the framework of India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (2016) and under the guidance of the Joint Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People signed during the Virtual Summit between the Prime Ministers of the two countries in December 2020.
Both Ministers acknowledged the significance of the Joint Vision Statement of 2015-20 in strengthening defence cooperation engagements between both the countries thus far and looked forward to concluding the Joint Vision Statement of 2021-25 at the earliest opportunity.
The Ministers agreed to initiate measures to enhance cooperation in Defence Industry and Technology domain and look forward to greater synergy in effectively deepening bilateral cooperative engagements across the spectrum. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the ongoing activities between the two countries despite the limitations imposed by COVID 19.
In a series of tweets, Rajnath Singh termed the relationship between India and Vietnam as strong and effective. He said: “India attaches great importance to its bilateral defence cooperation with Vietnam. Both India and Vietnam share a long-standing tradition of helping each other in difficult times. We have achieved substantial progress in defence industry cooperation in recent years.”
The Defence Minister added that India and Vietnam continue to make forward movement in overcoming the challenges posed by COVID-19. He thanked Sr Lt Gen Phan Van Giang for inviting him on an official visit to Vietnam, and he looked forward to it.