September 29, 2022

Modi dials Vietnamese counterpart, welcomes similar vision of open, inclusive, peaceful and rules-based IOR

New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone call with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh while welcoming the fact that both countries share a similar vision of an open, inclusive, peaceful and rules-based Indian Ocean Region (IOR), and hence the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership can contribute to promote regional stability, prosperity and development.

In this context, the Prime Minister also noted that both India and Vietnam were presently fellow-members of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Pham Minh Chinh on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Vietnam and expressed confidence that the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will continue to become stronger under his able guidance.

Prime Minister thanked PM Chinh for the valuable support provided by the Government and people of Vietnam during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. The two leaders agreed that both countries should continue consultations and cooperation to support each other’s continuing efforts against the pandemic.

Both Prime Ministers reviewed the state of bilateral relations and shared their views on different areas of cooperation. Noting that year 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, they agreed to celebrate this auspicious milestone in a befitting manner through various commemorative activities.

Prime Minister Modi also invited PM Chinh to undertake an official visit to India at an early suitable date.

Cultural and economic links between India and Vietnam date back to second century. The Indic Chăm Pa kingdom had some influence on Vietnamese music. In contemporary era, relations between India and Vietnam have been governed by several areas of shared political interests. 

In 1992, India and Vietnam established extensive economic ties, including oil exploration, agriculture and manufacturing. The relations between the two countries, especially defence ties, benefited extensively from India’s Look East policy

Bilateral military cooperation includes sale of military equipment, sharing of intelligence, joint naval exercises and training in counterinsurgency and jungle warfare. India also regularly deploys its warships for goodwill visits to Vietnamese seas.

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