India, Vietnam sign 7 agreements

New Delhi, Dec 21 (UNI) India and Vietnam on Monday inked seven agreements for cooperation in areas, including defence, petrochemicals and nuclear energy and launched a joint vision for peace and prosperity.

Participating in a virtual summit with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed Vietnam as “an important pillar of India’s Act East policy and an important ally of our Indo-Pacific vision”.

“We see our relationship with Vietnam from a long-term and strategic view. Peace, stability and prosperity are our common objectives in the Indo-Pacific region. Our partnership can contribute significantly to maintain stability and peace in the region,” Mr Modi said.

Nyugen Xuan Phuc said the upgrading of bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016 had bolstered trust and bolstered understanding of other’s vision and interests on international issues.

He said the Vietnamese side had also agreed on India’s proposals for a further defence line of credit.

Mr Modi said the seven agreements signed by the two countries cover diverse issues such as defence, nuclear power, petrochemicals, renewable energy and treatment of cancer.

“We are also taking new initiatives in the area of our development cooperation and cultural conservation. All this shows the expansion and potential of our growing mutual cooperation,” he added.

The meeting was held at a time when both countries are grappling with China’s aggressive actions in the region.

India is locked in a military standoff with China in Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) while Vietnam has major differences over Chinese claims within its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.

The two leaders released a joint vision document and a plan of action for bilateral engagements during 2021-23.

“This joint vision for peace, prosperity and people will send a strong message to the world about the depth of our relationship,” Mr Modi said.


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