Indian Ambassador shares about defense cooperation with Vietnam 5

Indian Ambassador shares about defense cooperation with Vietnam 5

Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma said that Vietnam - India defense cooperation took place positively in 2020 despite the impact of Covid-19.

`The two countries cautiously adapted to the new situation and maintained momentum for commitments through online platforms,` Ambassador Pranay Verma told VnExpress.

Vietnam – India in 2020 maintained close communication on anti-Covid-19 activities and the role of the two countries’ militaries in this effort.

`The Indian Navy and Coast Guard regularly send ships to visit Vietnamese ports. United Nations peacekeeping operations are another major area of cooperation between the two countries,` Ambassador Verma said.

The Indian navy’s INS Kiltan visited Ho Chi Minh City in December 2020, carrying 1,500 tons of goods to support flood victims in central Vietnam.

The Indian Army conducts joint exercises with the Vietnam Peace Keeping Force to share knowledge and experience in handling situations that arise while on field duty.

Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma, February 23.

India’s defense credit packages for Vietnam, with a total value of 600 million USD, continue to be deployed in 2020 with a focus on strengthening Vietnam’s defense production capacity.

A credit package worth 100 million USD was deployed for the project to build 12 high-speed patrol boats for the Vietnam Border Guard Command, with 5 built in India and 7 manufactured by Vietnam.

`The project is a typical example of defense industry cooperation between the two countries and will be completed in 2021,` Ambassador Verma said.

A credit of 500 million USD was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited Vietnam in September 2016, to further strengthen defense cooperation between the two sides.

Ambassador Verma said defense cooperation between the two countries has recently developed thanks to the institutional framework established in the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation signed in 2009 and the declaration of the Vietnam-India Common Vision on Cooperation.

Vietnam-India defense cooperation has expanded from traditional exchanges to wide-ranging contacts and military exchanges, including visits by senior military leaders and military exercises.

`Defence and security cooperation between India and Vietnam is one of the important pillars of the comprehensive strategic partnership, reflecting the level of trust and deep understanding between the two countries,` Ambassador Verma

Indian Ambassador shares about defense cooperation with Vietnam

India’s small corvette INS Kiltan at Vizag shipyard, Visakhapatnam city, October 2017.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in an online conversation in December 2020 adopted the Joint Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity and People.

The Joint Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity and People, `will shape Vietnam-India defense cooperation in the future`, Ambassador Verma said.

According to Ambassador Verma, Vietnam is `an indispensable partner in India’s Indo-Pacific Vision`, as a close partner in many fields and a key link in New Zealand’s commitment.

The Indo-Pacific Vision Statement, presented by Prime Minister Modi during the Shangri La Dialogue in June 2018, affirmed that `opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region cannot be separated.`

`The Indo-Pacific vision is for a region that is free, open, peaceful, prosperous and, above all, an inclusive and orderly region based on the rule of law and respect for the sovereignty of the nations.`

Ambassador Verma said India’s Indo-Pacific Vision is `based on ASEAN centrality` and has as its main driver the country’s Act East Policy.

`We are very happy that ASEAN countries, including Vietnam, raised the Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) similar to India’s Indo-Pacific Vision. Together we bring

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