India, Vietnam for peaceful Indo-Pacific cooperation


Hanoi: India and Vietnam are in favour of building a peaceful Indo-Pacific region for forging better ties and cooperation.

This was reiterated during a meeting between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong here on Tuesday.

Both sides signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) relating to the fields of communication, education, trade and investment.

Indian President in an address to the media said a number of bilateral issues were covered during the discussion.

He said Vietnam is a key partner of India in Southeast Asia and added that Vietnam served as country coordinator for India with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Reports said that both countries agreed to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the fields of defence, atomic energy and outer space, science and technology, oil and gas, infrastructure development, agriculture and innovation.

Both the countries condemned terrorism in all its manifestation and vowed to strengthen global fight against this menace.

The two countries will soon begin dialogues for strengthening maritime security cooperation.

Describing Vietnam as a good friend, Kovind said New Delhi is increasing its engagements with Southeast Asia for the sole contribution of the country.

Kovind who arrived here on Sunday on the first leg of his week-long two-nation trip, is his first visit to Southeast Asia after assuming office.


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