A high-ranking military delegation of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) led by Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the VPA and Deputy Minister of National Defence, is on an official visit to India from November 24-28.
The visit is made at the invitation of Indian Army Chief and Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee General Bipin Rawat.
Earlier, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang stated that Vietnam and India share a deep-rooted relations and the Vietnamese Government, people and the army always attach great importance to further enhance its relations with India in Hanoi on November 15.
Sen. Lieut. Gen. Giang highlighted the expansion of defence cooperation between India and Vietnam in recent years, saying that the two sides have continued visits and meetings of senior military leaders.
They have also effectively achieved annual cooperation mechanisms while paying heed to strengthening ties in border security, training, defence industry, UN peacekeeping operation, and strategic research, the host said.
Vietnam wants and is willing to continue to bolster friendship and comprehensive cooperation for mutual benefit with India in all areas, he emphasised.
Vietnam will undertake its role as ASEAN Chair in 2020, he said, adding that the Vietnamese Defence Ministry will host numerous military and defence meetings, including the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+). He wished India would actively participate in and support Vietnam.
For his part, Ambassador Verma agreed with the host’s proposal, while expressing his impression on the country and people of Vietnam. He affirmed that during his term in Vietnam, he will do his utmost to promote cooperation between the two nations, including collaboration in defence.