President Truong Tan Sang met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh following an
official welcoming ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Oct. 12.
The two leaders expressed their delight at the traditional
friendship, all-round cooperation and strategic partnership between Vietnam and India which were nurtured by the
late PM Jawaharlal Neru and the late President Ho Chi Minh and fostered by the
two countries’ leaders and people.
Both host and guest emphasised that developing the two
countries’ relations is a top priority in each country’s foreign policy and an
important factor in ensuring regional peace and stability.
The two sides agreed to further promote the visits of
high-ranking and all-level delegations, and expand the contents of the two
countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership, on the main pillars of cooperation
in politics, defence, security, economics, culture and human resource training.
The two leaders spoke highly of the multifaceted cooperation
between Vietnam and India and
agreed to accelerate cooperation in economics, trade, investment, finance,
science and technology, culture and expand cooperation in other potential
They agreed to raise two-way trade value to 7 billion USD in
On regional and international issues, the two leaders agreed
to further promote the fine cooperation and coordination at the ASEAN-India
forum, the Ganga-Mekong forum, the East Asia Summit, the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the ASEAN
Regional Forum (ARF).
Both leaders emphasised the importance of maintaining peace,
stability and ensuring maritime safety, security and freedom in the East Sea.
They also agreed that disputes in the East Sea
need to be settled through peaceful negotiations based on international law,
including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
After the meeting, President Sang and Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh witnessed the signing of
six cooperative agreements.
The same day, President Sang met with Indian President
Pratibha Patil who described President Sang’s visit as a vivid symbol of the
traditional relations between India
especially this is the first visit to a country outside ASEAN since the
President took office.
President Pratibha Patil expressed her joy at fast
developments of Vietnam’s
renewal process, bringing prosperity to the Vietnamese people and hoped that Vietnam will continue cooperating and assisting India in
boosting the India-ASEAN relations.
to become a permanent member of the expanded United Nations Security Council
and its efforts to connect with ASEAN, President Sang affirmed.
He proposed the Indian Government increase its assistance to
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam (CLMV) as well as
speed up development projects in the sub-region and boost the Ganga-Mekong
The two leaders agreed on efforts to develop the strategic
partnership for the benefits of the two peoples and for peace, stability,
development and prosperity in the region and the world.
Earlier, Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna paid a courtesy
visit to the Vietnamese President. President Sang thanked the Indian Government
and people for their warm welcome and spoke highly of the efforts of Krishna and the Indian Foreign Ministry in assisting the
delegation’s visit and the two countries’ relationship.
President Sang expressed his joy at the results of the fifth
political consultation meeting, the second strategic dialogue and the 14th
Joint Commission recently held by the two foreign ministries in Hanoi.
Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna expressed his belief
in the success of President Sang’s visit, laying a firm foundation for
promoting the two countries’ cooperation and bringing the strategic partnership
to a new height.
He affirmed that the two foreign ministries will further
increase the exchange of experiences in settling important issues relating to
regional and international situation through visits and cooperative mechanisms
between the two ministries and specific diplomatic activities, including two
embassies, for peace and stability in the region and the world./.