Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh (L) at an interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in New Delhi (Photo: VNA)
New Delhi (VNA) – The upcoming visit to India by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh aims to seek specific measures to enhance the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership, stated Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh.

In an interview with a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in New Delhi, Thanh said that the Deputy PM Minh will visit India and attend the ninth Delhi Dialogue from July 3-5, which is among activities to mark Vietnam-India Friendship Year 2017.

During his stay, Minh will hold talks with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to discuss measures to promote and expand bilateral cooperation in various fields, including politics, security-defence, economy-trade, investment, tourism, science-technology, culture and education, he noted.

The two sides will also discuss regional and international issues of shared concern.

Following the talks, the two sides will sign an Action Programme to implement the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Minh will also meet senior leaders of India as well as local business community, and attend and deliver a speech at the ninth Delhi Dialogue on July 4-5.

The visit aims to implement the Party’s external policy of deepening international relations, strengthening partnerships, especially with strategic partners and major powers, while affirming Vietnam’s interest in developing the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership, said Ambassador Thanh.

The diplomat said that Deputy PM Minh’s India visit is among activities to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-India diplomatic ties and 25 years of establishing the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership, as Vietnam is the coordinator of ASEAN-India relations for 2015-2018.

Over the past 45 years, Vietnam and India have seen strong progress in ties. They set up a strategic partnership in 2007 which was lifted to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016.

The two countries are enjoying flourishing ties, with close cooperation in all fields, stated the ambassador.

Trade between the two countries has boomed recently. Vietnamese carrier Vietjet Air will launch a direct route linking Ho Chi Minh City and New Delhi soon, he noted.

In the future, the two sides should further foster their affiliation for more comprehensive development of bilateral ties, he concluded.-VNA