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EAM Jaishankar greets Vietnam on its 77th National Day
EAM Jaishankar greets Vietnam on its 77th National Day

New Delhi:  S Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, sent greetings to the Vietnamese government and people on their 77th National Day on Friday.

"Send our best wiehs to my colleague, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, the Vietnamese government and people on the 77th anniversary of their National Day. We will continue to push forward with our main ASEAN and Indo-Pacific partner our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, "Jaishankar said in Tweet.

As emerging economies and significant nations, Vietnam and India share a wide range of interests in developing alternative supply chains in Asia following worldwide dissatisfaction with the China-centric supply chain during the Covid epidemic.

Besides, the aggressive and expansionist tactics of China in the Indo-Pacific region worry both nations equally. Since 2016, the two nations have also shared a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which places a strong emphasis on defence cooperation.

Over time, the scope of bilateral defence engagements has broadened to encompass military-to-military exchanges, high-level visits, capacity-building initiatives, and training programmes, as well as Defense Policy Dialogue.  The two nations have also worked together on UN peacekeeping missions, ship visits, and bilateral exercises.

During his visit, the Indian Defense Minister held extensive discussions with his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phan Van Giang, in Hanoi about how they could work together to pursue effective and doable projects to further increase bilateral partnerships.

A cultural agreement between the two nations was struck in 1976, and since then, it has opened up numerous avenues for cultural exchange. The Swami Vivekananda Indian Cultural Center's creation in Hanoi in 2016 is a significant development in this direction.

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