Indian FM wants Vietnam to be India’s security-defense partner

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung holds a talk with Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in Hanoi on August 25. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency

India wants Vietnam to be its partner in security and defense, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during her visit to Hanoi on Monday.
Ms. Swaraj arrived in Hanoi on Monday morning for her two-day visit at the invitation of her Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Vietnam will do the utmost to develop the traditional fine relationship with India in all areas, benefiting both countries’ peoples, PM Dung said during the talk with Ms. Swaraj.
He said the Indian foreign minister's visit will make important contribution to boosting the strategic partnership between Vietnam and India.
He confirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy to do its best to develop bilateral ties in all areas, benefiting both countries’ peoples and contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
For her part, Ms. Swaraj said India’s newly elected government values the cooperation with Vietnam, which is playing a more and more important role in the world.
She conveyed the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for PM Dung to visit India in early October to discuss orientations of the bilateral ties.
She said along with her visit, the Vietnam visit by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee scheduled next month and the would-be India visit by PM Dung demonstrate the importance of the Vietnam-India relationship and how India values the relationship with Vietnam.
She asked both sides to strive to boost cooperation in all areas to tap their full potential.
India highly praised the security-defense role of Vietnam and wants Vietnam to be a partner of India in the area, she said.
She expressed wishes that the two sides boost trade and investment two to three times, speed up the negotiations for the bilateral Free Trade Agreement and the two countries’ airlines soon open direct flights between the two countries.
Indian leading companies want to invest in major infrastructure projects in Vietnam, she said, adding that India wants to reach agreements with Vietnam in catfish farming and rice and corn production.
She reiterated India’s viewpoint that it opposes to the use of force or the threatening to use force in international disputes and strongly supports the settlement of sea disputes via peaceful measures in accordance to international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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