Professor Ta Ngoc Tan is speaking at the event (Source: VNA)
Current developments and the prospect of Vietnam and ASEAN cooperation with India were the theme of an international seminar held in Hanoi on September 29.

Professor Ta Ngoc Tan, President of the Hanoi-based Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, said Vietnam and India continually attach importance to deepening their strategic and comprehensive partnership across politics, economics, energy, national defence-security, culture, education, science and technology.

According to Professor Tan, ASEAN lies in a geo-political location of strategic importance to India in its integration into East Asia and the Asia-Pacific. So far, ASEAN and India have established 25 cooperative mechanisms, including six at the ministerial level.

Bilateral political ties have paved the way for ASEAN and India to develop a vibrant and comprehensive partnership covering politics, national defence-security, economics, trade, investment, energy, socio-culture, education-training, science-technology, transport and people-to-people exchange.

For her part, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran said the ASEAN-India relationship has extended into strategic areas for the sake of prosperity, peace and stability.

She commented that India-Vietnam trade, which hit targeted figures ahead of schedule, is likely to play a more significant role once ASEAN establishes a common Economic Community later this year.

Participants extensively analysed achievements and hindrances to links between Vietnam, ASEAN and India over the past 20 years and the impacts of their collaboration on peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

During the three discussion sessions, they also forecast the prospects of the Vietnam, ASEAN – India ties in different areas.

Measures to increase the efficiency of Vietnam, ASEAN-India affiliation were also tabled at the event which was hosted by the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics.-VNA