Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh reaffirmed the commitment to strengthen the bilateral defence relationship between the two countries on Tuesday at the 13th India-Vietnam Defence Security Dialogue held via video conference.
“Our bilateral defence relations & engagements have increased multifold in effective & practical manner over past decade,” said Ajay Kumar. India and Vietnam, with historical roots in the common struggle for liberation from colonial rule and the national struggle for independence, share traditionally close and cordial bilateral relations.
Earlier, in December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc held a virtual summit. During the summit, they exchanged views on wide-ranging bilateral, regional and global issues and set forth the following Joint Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People to guide the future development of India – Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Both leaders further called for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety and the substantive negotiations towards the early conclusion of a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) in accordance with international law, especially UNCLOS, that does not prejudice the legitimate rights and interests of all nations including those not party to these negotiations.