India considers nonstop flights to Vietnam to strengthen relations

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India is considering opening non-stop flights to Vietnam as an effort to enhance the countries' strategic relationship, India's ambassador said at a press briefing in Vietnam's central city of Da Nang Wednesday.

RanJit Rae, India's ambassador to Vietnam, said his country has thought about opening the route from New Delhi to Hanoi or Mumbai to Ho Chi Minh City.

The briefing was organized by the Indian embassy in Vietnam and the Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs to mark 41 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and six years since the establishment of their strategic partnership.

Rae said India has also tried to augment its naval cooperation with Vietnam with visits by its military boats, as well as joint projects in oil and gas exploration at sea.

The Sudarshini arrived at Da Nang port on January 1, as part of its diplomatic voyage to Southeast Asia that includes planned visits to Indonesia, Myanmar, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand.

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Also this month, India will send representatives of businesses investing in infrastructure development, mineral excavation, healthcare, airlines, tea production and tourism to conference with representatives of 100 Vietnamese businesses in those fields.

The conference will be followed by a visit by Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, during which necessary arrangements can be made, Rae said.

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