PM Modi set for a three-day visit to Vietnam, China

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister in Nairobi, Kenya on 11 July 16.

File photo of PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Vietnam and China. He leaves for Vietnam late on Friday evening. On Sunday, he will be in China to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou.

In Vietnam, PM Modi will hold wide-ranging talks with top leadership of the resource-rich country to deepen ties in key areas of defence, security and trade, and ramping up India’s engagement in oil exploration.

PM Modi will also hold extensive discussions with Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and meet several other dignitaries.

“We will review complete spectrum of our bilateral relationship,” he said.

India’s ONGC Videsh Limited is engaged in oil exploration projects in Vietnam for over three decades and there may be announcements about new projects in the sector during the bilateral visit, which is taking place after a gap of 15 years.

“Today evening, I will reach Hanoi in Vietnam, marking the start of a very important visit that will further cement the close bond between India and Vietnam,” PM Modi said.

“We wish to forge a strong economic relationship with Vietnam that can mutually benefit our citizens. Strengthening the people-to-people ties will also be my endeavour during the Vietnam visit,” the Prime Minister added in a Facebook post.

On Saturday, PM Modi will head to China for the all-important G20 Summit which is scheduled to be held on September 4 and 5.

At the annual summit of the powerful G-20 grouping, India is likely to raise all pressing international issues with the world leaders. The issues will range from choking terror funding and checking tax evasion to cutting cost of remittances and market access for key drugs.

PM Modi said he will have an opportunity to engage with other world leaders on pressing international priorities and challenges during the G20 Summit.

“We will discuss putting the global economy on the track of sustainable steady growth and responding to emerging and entrenched social, security and economic challenges….India will engage constructively on all the issues before us and work towards finding solutions and taking forward the agenda for a robust, inclusive and sustainable international economic order that uplifts the socio-economic conditions of people across the world, especially those who need it most in developing countries,” the Prime Minister said.

PM Modi said he looks forward “to a productive and outcome oriented Summit”.

On the sidelines of the summit, PM Modi is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping among others. He is also likely to attend a BRICS leaders’ meet.

(With inputs from PTI)