India and Vietnam to Expand Defence Cooperation Covering all Three Services

By admin • October 13th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — A day after the successful conclusion of the First ASEAN Plus Eight Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi, in which India played a constructive role in defining the scope and objectives of the Forum, the Defence Minister AK Antony today announced a slew of measures to expand defence cooperation with Vietnam.

The measures were elaborated by Mr Antony at the bilateral meetings with the top Vietnamese leadership including the Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh and the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

A press release issued by the Indian Defence Ministry said New Delhi will provide support to Vietnam to enhance and upgrade the capabilities of Services in general and the Navy in particular. He said India will help Vietnam in its capacity building for repair and maintenance of its platforms.

The Armies of the two countries will also cooperate in areas like IT and English Training of Vietnamese Army personnel. Both the armies will also have joint training in mountain and jungle warfare in India next year. The two sides will work towards developing cooperation among defence institutes and establishing linkages for sharing experience and knowledge. Antony also offered assistance to Vietnamese Forces in UN Peacekeeping operations, in which India has a vast experience.

The two sides also discussed global and regional security issues. Mr Antony said Vietnam occupies a strategic position in New Delhi’s policy priorities, both bilaterally as well as under its ‘Look East Policy’.

Gen Thanh thanked India for its valuable contribution to make the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting a great success. He said India occupies a special position in Hanoi’s foreign policy framework and noted ‘we are indeed moved by your support’. He welcomed more port calls by the Indian Navy to Vietnam and offered maintenance and repair facilities at Vietnamese ports.

Mr Antony also extended an invitation to his Vietnamese counterpart to visit India next year.

Source: India Defence Online

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