Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh (left) meets with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Jakarta on September 7.

At the meeting with PM Modi, PM Pham Minh Chinh once again congratulated India on its historic successful launches of the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft to the moon and the Aditya-L1 spacecraft to study the sun as well as its recent economic, military and scientific - technological achievements; and successful presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The two PMs reaffirmed the traditional partnership, close friendship, and similar strategic interests between their countries while speaking highly of the increasingly practical and effective progress of the bilateral relations.

They shared the view that on the basis of the long-standing relations and strong political trust, Vietnam and India should increase high-level mutual visits and meetings and step up cooperation in different fields, especially such new areas as digital transformation, energy transition, and green and sustainable economic development to generate common benefits for the two countries' people.

They agreed to enhance security - defense cooperation, a pillar of the Vietnam - India comprehensive strategic partnership. Given difficulties facing the global economy, they agreed to assign their countries’ ministries, sectors, and localities to cooperate closely to help improve the strength of each economy, remove obstacles for enterprises, and facilitate bilateral trade.

Both leaders also concurred in assigning aviation agencies of Vietnam and India to consider licensing each other’s airlines to increase direct flights between their big cities to meet people’s travel demand.

PM Modi acknowledged his Vietnamese counterpart’s proposals on signing a memorandum of understanding on e-commerce and an agreement on bilateral economic cooperation, and on minimizing the imposition of trade barriers on each other’s goods.

The Indian PM also affirmed that he will encourage major enterprises of India to increase investment in Vietnam.

The two PMs also agreed that Vietnam and India will continue coordination and mutual support at regional and international forums.

At the meeting with Bangladeshi President Shahabuddin, PM Pham Minh Chinh congratulated the South Asian country on its recent achievements, including becoming the world’s second biggest apparel exporter, and highly valued its efforts to green this industry.

PM Pham Minh Chinh (right) talks to Bangladeshi President Shahabuddin in Jakarta on September 7.

The two leaders emphasized their countries’ traditional friendship and political trust, nurtured by many generations of Vietnamese and Bangladeshi leaders and people. Based on that foundation and after 50 years of diplomatic ties, the bilateral relations have been growing strongly.

They agreed to boost high-level delegation exchanges between the two countries’ parties, governments, parliaments and people, and coordinate to prepare for the coming visit to Bangladesh by Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue.

PM Pham Minh Chinh and President Shahabuddin said the two countries will continue sharing experience in socio-economic development, foreign investment attraction and application of green production, especially in the textile - garment and leather footwear industries.

Both sides will actively encourage their enterprises to partner with each other and increase investment, discuss the opening of more direct air routes, provide favorable visa conditions to fuel people-to-people exchanges and tourism cooperation, and foster collaboration in agriculture, fishery, transport, education - training, disaster management, and climate change response, they added.

The Bangladeshi leader lauded the impressive development of trade and investment partnerships, including the four-fold surge in bilateral trade in 10 years.

He encouraged Vietnamese firms to invest in Bangladesh and pledged to create conditions for Vietnam to increase the export of its strong products to Bangladesh. He also vowed close coordination to guarantee food security and effectively implement the MoU on rice trading for the 2022 - 2027 period.

The two leaders affirmed that their countries will keep active cooperation and mutual support at regional and international forums, especially the United Nations, and contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Source: VNA