On the afternoon of October 3, General Giang hosted a ceremonial reception for Admiral Sunil Lanba, after which, they held talks.

Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang (R) presents flowers to Admiral Sunil Lanba.
Welcoming Admiral Lanba to Vietnam, General Giang affirmed that the Indian admiral’s visit expands the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership, making contributions to the friendship, mutual trust and understanding between the two countries and their militaries. This year, Vietnam and India celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomat ties establishment and the 10th anniversary of the signing of comprehensive strategic partnership.

In turn, Admiral Lanba thanked General Giang and the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense for a warm reception and emphasized that defense cooperation is one of the pillars of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

At the talks, both sides  reviewed the significance of the Vietnam-India defense cooperation in the past. Accordingly, both sides have actively and effectively carried out signed agreements in various fields, such as delegation exchanges, education and training, sharing experiences in joining UN peacekeeping operations, and supporting each other at regional and global forums.

Both sides also agreed that in the future, they will continue to roll out signed agreements, including the Joint Vision Statement on Defense Cooperation for the 2015-2020 period, which focuses on delegation exchanges at all levels, especially for young officers.

Additionally, Vietnam and India will uphold the mechanism of the deputy-ministerial-level defense policy dialogue, promote education and training, expand defense industry cooperation and find potential for cooperation among arms and services.

The senior officers believed that the Vietnam-India defense relationship will further develop in order to match the traditional bilateral relations for the sake of the two countries’ people and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Translated by Van Hieu