At the meetings, in the realization of the agreement signed earlier between the two ministries, the two sides exchanged openly bilateral cooperation fields and regional and global issues of common concern.

They agreed that the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership has developed fruitfully in many areas, especially politics, defense-security and economy-trade. They acknowledged a wide range of practical activities held in the Vietnam-India Friendship Year 2017 in celebration of the two countries’ 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of strategic partnership.

The two sides at the dialogue. (Photo:

The two sides also showed their consensus on regular maintenance of all-level visits, especially high-level ones and via the channels of the Party, State, legislative body and on promotion of people-to-people exchange.

They were unanimous in their aim of expanding cooperation in the fields of huge potentials, such as agriculture, health, oil and gas, renewable energy, education and training, science and technology, culture and tourism and people-to-people exchange.

Ms. Preeti Saran hailed the growth in the two countries’ two-way trade in the past and gave a nod to boost the organization of the fourth meeting of the joint sub-committee on trade in Vietnam this year, during which orientations to meet the USD 15 billion trade goal by 2020 are hoped to be mapped out.

Sharing Vietnam’s opinions on international and regional issues of common concern, Ms. Preeti Saran spoke highly of Vietnam’s role in coordinating with the Indian side in organizing the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and the ASEAN-India Senior Officials Meeting which were recently hosted by India.

Mr. Quy affirmed that as the coordinator of ASEAN-India relations in the 2015-2018 period, Vietnam is willing to serve as a bridge to link India with ASEAN and to boost India’s all-round cooperation with the bloc.

During the meetings, the two sides also reached an agreement on continuing their close cooperation and mutual support in multilateral forums, especially in the framework of the United Nations.

The Vietnamese Deputy-Foreign Minister highly valued India’s standpoint on East Sea issues over the past time and confirmed that Vietnam is willing to coordinate with India and other ASEAN member countries to foster maritime security cooperation in regional forums in the time to come.

On the occasion, Mr.  Quy paid a courtesy visit to Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and worked with the Center for Vietnam Studies in New Delhi.

Translated by Mai Huong