Talks between Defence Ministers of India and Vietnam, agreement in Hydrography was signed
Talks between Defence Ministers of India and Vietnam, agreement in Hydrography was signed

Honourable Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of National Defence of Socialist Republic of Vietnam H.E. General Ngo Xuan Lich held a bilateral talks via video-conferencing on November 27, 2020. The ministers reaffirmed the strong India-Vietnam Defence cooperation, the major key pillar of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries. The ministers discussed various ongoing projects and the future trajectory of bilateral Defence engagements.

The collaboration in Defence Industry capability building, training and cooperation in UN Peacekeeping Operations were discussed. An Implementing Arrangement for cooperation in the field of Hydrography was signed between National Hydrographic Office, India and Vietnam Hydrographic Office in the presence of the Ministers. This enables Hydrographic data sharing and assist in production of navigational charts by both sides. Rajnath singh highlighted Prime Minister’s vision of “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” for enhancing self-reliance including Defence industries. 

He assured that a strong and self-reliant India shall positively contribute to capacity building of friendly partner countries like Vietnam. He urged for closer Defence industry cooperation between India and Vietnam by concluding an institutionalised framework Agreement in the near future. Singh appreciated Vietnam’s innovative and successful leadership of Defence related events in ASEAN despite the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Vietnam Minister thanked Defence minister Rajnath Singh for the assistance by Indian Armed Forces in capacity building of Vietnamese Defence Forces especially in the field of Human Resource development. Raksha Mantri conveyed India’s willingness to enhance the scope and level of training for all three services of Vietnam Defence forces in Indian Defence Institutes. An invitation to Rajnath Singh to attend ADMM Plus meeting hosted by Vietnam on 10 Dec 2020 was given virtually.

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