Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that Vietnam was a key pillar of India’s Act East policy and a very important partner for India in the ASEAN. He opined that both the nations were fully committed to an open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture to facilitate peace and prosperity and allow us to focus on economic development.
Vice President Naidu who is on a four-day official visit to Vietnam held Delegation Level Talks with Vice President of Vietnam Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in the Presidential Palace in Hanoi today where both the nations agreed to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation in defence and security, science, and technology, oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure development, agriculture, and innovation-based sectors.
He observed that India and Vietnam enjoy a strong bilateral relationship based on mutual trust, understanding, and convergence of views on regional and international issues.
On Day 2 of his official visit to Vietnam, Vice President Naidu began his activities by paying tributes to martyrs at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs. He received a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential palace and later held one-to-one talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and discussed over a range of issues covering bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Vice President Naidu later addressed the media during the joint press statement and said that India and Vietnam were both fully committed to an open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture based on freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded economic activities and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law.
During the discussions, both the leaders reiterated the importance of building a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region on the basis of respect for national sovereignty and international law. They urged the concerned countries to reach consensus on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
Opining that Vietnam and India were pillars of South-South cooperation, Vice President Naidu reiterated that strong relationship between the two nations was important not only for the welfare of our people but also for maintaining regional peace and global stability.
Later Vice President Naidu interacted with the Chairwoman of National Assembly of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and said that regular exchanges of visits between Parliamentarians via India- Vietnam Parliamentary Group promote better understanding and strengthen legislative cooperation between the two nations.