Vietnam, India agree to boost strategic partnership

Vietnam has always attached great importance to its traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, and strategic partnership with India, President Nguyen Minh Triet has said.

General Secretary Nong Duc Manh welcomes Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil in Hanoi (Photo: SGGP)

At a meeting with Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who is on a five-day visit to Vietnam, he also offered condolences to the families of the victims in the ongoing terrorist attack in Mumbai and strongly condemned all terrorist acts.

Ms. Patil hailed Vietnam’s role in the region and said India hopes to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries. 

To expand the strategic bilateral partnership established in July last year, the two leaders agreed to increase high-level visits between the two nations.

They also agreed that the 14th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation would be held in Vietnam next year.

Following the talks, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

During talks later that day with the Indian President, General Secretary Nong Duc Manh reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of promoting friendship and comprehensive cooperation with India.

He wanted the two nations to step up efforts to implement agreements they have signed and expand the areas of bilateral cooperation to make it commensurate with the strategic partnership.

The two sides agreed to further expand political, security, economic, scientific, technological, cultural, and educational cooperation.

They would continue their close coordination at UN, WTO, ASEM, MGC, NAM, South-South forums, and other regional and international forums, the two sides agreed.

By Thanh Nam – Translated by Minh Tam

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