The Hanoitimes - On February 9, at the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh hosted reception for Indian Ambassador in Vietnam Harish Parvathaneni.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said he is happy with important progress in the cooperation between Vietnam and India while hosting the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam in Hanoi. Minh spoke highly of the two countries upgrading their ties to comprehensive strategic partnership, saying it has created a crucial framework for their relations to grow deeply and in a more stable manner in the coming time.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received Indian Ambassador to Vietnam in Hanoi
The two countries marked the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in this January and will celebrate their 10 year-old strategic partnership in July, he told Ambassador Harish Parvathaneni, reminding the diplomat of joint coordination to prepare for upcoming high-level visits and important events.
Deputy PM Minh suggested that the two sides should soon accomplish and sign an action programme to actualize the comprehensive strategic partnership, since the bilateral relations are growing soundly and cooperation at all levels and through various channels have been strengthened.
He expressed his hope that the two countries will maintain their positive development trend and ratchet up the implementation of bilateral cooperative mechanisms to strive for two-way trade value to rise stably and defence-security collaboration, technology transfer and scientific research to be intensified.
Ambassador Harish Parvathaneni affirmed that Vietnam is one of the crucial pillars of India’s “Act East” policy and appreciated the country’s role as the coordinating country in the ASEAN-India relations in the 2015-2018 period.
The diplomat vowed to work closely with Vietnamese ministries, sectors and branches in order to deploy reached agreements efficiently, prepare well for upcoming high-level visits, and speed up the disbursement of India’s credit packages provided for Vietnam. He reported that the India Embassy plans to launch cultural exchanges, meetings, seminars, and economic forums with the aim of stepping up the two countries wide-ranging ties.
The Vietnam-India relationship is at its highest growth stage ever, with strong political trust as the two countries share common strategic interests and mutual trust in almost all bilateral and multilateral issues, including the East Sea matter. Security and defence ties continue to be a highlight of the Vietnam-India relations.
Science-technology partnership has been strengthened, with India now building a remote sensing data reception and processing station in Vietnam in the framework of the ASEAN-India cooperation. The two countries have signed a framework agreement on nuclear energy for peaceful purpose. Bilateral cooperation in culture, education and people-to-people relations are flourishing through the exchanges of artists, scholars and students as well as cultural events including film festivals and fashion shows.
With all the achievements that the two countries have made in developing bilateral ties over the past 45 years and especially the past decade, Ambassador Thanh expressed strong belief that the relations will continue to thrive in the future, contributing to socio-economic development and security in each country as well as the enhancement of their position in the world arena.
Regarding future prospects of the Vietnam-India relations, the diplomat held that the two countries should focus on five cooperation pillars as defined in their strategic partnership, namely politics-diplomacy, defence-security, economy-trade, science-technology, and culture-education.
By Anh Kiet