India, Vietnam ink three pacts; vow to expand bilateral cooperation
India and Vietnam inked three pacts, including one on nuclear cooperation, and resolved to jointly work for an open Indo-Pacific, while calling for a rules-based regional architecture during Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang's three-day India visit. In their talks, PM Narendra Modi and Quang also vowed to expand bilateral cooperation in several key sectors, including defense, oil and gas, and agriculture. Here's more.
Will jointly work for an open, independent Indo-Pacific: PM Modi
"We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo-Pacific region where sovereignty and international laws are respected and where differences are resolved through talks," PM Modi said in President Quang's presence. "Both sides are committed towards expanding the bilateral maritime cooperation and for an open, efficient and rules-based regional architecture," he said. The remarks come amid China's growing assertiveness in the region.
Cooperation in nuclear energy, agriculture, trade
PM Modi said India and Vietnam decided to collaborate in defense production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. Modi said they "agreed" to deepen trade and investment ties in sectors such as oil and gas exploration, renewable-energy, agriculture, and textiles. The three pacts signed after the talks between the two leaders would provide for cooperation in areas of nuclear energy, trade, and agriculture.
Strengthening India's comprehensive strategic partnership
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier called on the Vietnamese President. Their discussions focused on steps to further strengthen country's comprehensive strategic partnership by expanding cooperation across all sectors, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. Quang was also given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.Share this timeline