External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held talks with her Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh and discussed measures to strengthen trade, investment, maritime and defense cooperation between the two countries.
Swaraj is in Vietnam on the first leg of her four-day two-nation tour which aims at deepening India's strategic cooperation with Vietnam and Cambodia, the key countries in the ASEAN region.
Deepening our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership! EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Foreign Minister of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh led delegation level talks where trade, investment, maritime and defence cooperation were discussed. pic.twitter.com/E21RWCp3fZ— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) August 28, 2018
Swaraj co-chaired the 16th meeting of Joint Commission along with Vietnamese Foreign Minister.
Earlier, addressing 3rd Indian Ocean Conference in Hanoi yesterday, Swaraj said India and Vietnam are connected not only by the common waters but also by a shared vision for peace and prosperity.
Hanoi is, therefore, a particularly appropriate setting to discuss developments in the Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific region, she said.
Swaraj said India and Vietnam have agreed to further strengthen cooperation in the maritime domain, including on anti-piracy and exchange of white shipping information.
"We also agreed on the importance of the early conclusion of an ASEAN-India Maritime Transport Cooperation Agreement. In this context, we intend to accelerate the establishment of direct shipping routes between the seaports of India and Vietnam," she said.
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