India, Vietnam to work for open Indo-Pacific region

President Trần Đại Quang will pay a State visit to India on March 2-4 at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind.— VNA  VNS

'India and Vietnam enjoy a cordial and warm relation with common roots in history, ' Kumar highlighted.

On defence cooperation, the Prime Minister said both sides chose to collaborate in defence production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. "We will work together for a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific, where sovereignty of the nations and adherence to global rules will be respected and where disputes will be settled through talks", said Modi.

"We agreed to strengthen our relations in different sectors like renewable energy, agriculture, textiles & Oil & gas".

On his part, Quang said that both countries will work together for regional security, including maritime and cyber security.

Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Vietnamese president.

During the discussions the Congress leaders discussed matters of mutual interest between India and Vietnam, the economic situation and worldwide issues.

The Vietnamese President is due to hold talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ondifferent bilateral issues at the Prime Minister's Office at about 10 am on the day.

Their discussions focused on steps to further strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership by expanding cooperation across all sectors, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Post that, Quang has reached Raj Ghat along with wife Nguyen Thi Hien and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Stating that all aspects of the bilateral relationship were discussed in detail in Saturday's talks, Modi said that both nations, being developing nations, gain from the experiences of each other.

Mr Quang will first visit Bodh Gaya before coming to Delhi in the evening.

Vietnam is an important partner in Southeast Asia and is now the country coordinator for India with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional bloc, a role that will be handed over to Thailand later this year.

This was followed by the Vietnam - India Business Forum, and some other engagements and meetings with senior officials.

One, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Economic and Trade Cooperation, with the objective of establishing a framework for enhancing economic and trade promotion.

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