Jaishankar vows to pursue Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Vietnam

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday met Nguyen Van Nan, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam and party secretary of Ho Chi Minh City, and vowed to pursue a comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Vietnam.

“Continuing our high-level contacts in the golden jubilee year of our diplomatic relations. It is a pleasure to meet Nguyen Van Nan, Party Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As reliable partners, we look forward to advancing our comprehensive strategic partnership. Will keep working for it.” Jaishankar tweeted.

Nguyen is on a five-day visit to India from June 19-23 with high-ranking officials. The visit is part of the activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and India.

As reported by Saigon Online, it aims to further promote cooperation activities between the two countries, strengthen the Vietnam-India strategic partnership and learn about India’s policies and potential to explore cooperation opportunities.

Jaishankar held bilateral talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son on June 17 and discussed a wide range of bilateral issues and regional and international developments of mutual interest. The two sides also exchanged an agreement in the area of ​​cyber security.

Last month, India and Vietnam held the 12th round of political consultations and the ninth round of strategic dialogue between the foreign ministries of the two countries and explored new opportunities for partnership to support each other’s economic development and national security .

India is one of three strategic partnerships with Vietnam since 2016. Vietnam and India have deepened bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972.

Despite the difficulties and impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries held phone conversations, and held virtual meetings and carried out bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

India is one of the ten largest trading partners of Vietnam. Two-way trade between Vietnam and India crossed US$ 13.21 billion in 2021. Vietnam spent USD 6.95 billion on imports from India and exported products worth USD 5.26 billion to the country, an increase of 36.6 per cent compared to 2020. As of December 2021, India was ranked 25th out of 140 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with 313 projects, total registered capital of USD 910.4 million, Saigon Online reported.

Earlier today, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda met Nguyen Van Nan, senior leader of the Communist Party of Vietnam, at the BJP headquarters in the national capital on Monday.

This meeting in New Delhi is a continuation of BJP’s outreach program “BJP Ko Jano” through which the BJP President is interacting with foreign dignitaries. The “Know the BJP” campaign was launched on April 6, 2022, the party’s 42nd foundation day. Its second phase was held on May 16, 2022, while the third meeting was held on June 4, 2022.

“Know the BJP” campaign is the initiative of BJP to present the vision, mission and work culture of the party in different countries of the world. Under this program, Nadda has so far held talks with Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and envoys of 47 countries.

First published:June 20, 2022 at 9:09 pm



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