Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang has stated that Vietnam always appreciates traditional friendship and strategic partnership with India and its “Look East” policy.

Meeting with Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon in New Delhi on October 31, Minister Quang said Vietnam highly values the Indian Government’s approval of 24.8 million USD in official development assistance for the construction of Dien Bien – Tay Trang road, as part of a project on new highway linking India, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnams and Cambodia.

He noted the growing bilateral cooperation across security, law enforcement and anti-crimes over the past time, adding that he hopes Menon will facilitate links between the National Security Council of India (NSC) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security (MoPS).

The guest also suggested the NSC and MoPS promptly sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation, thus creating a legal foundation for exchange of information related to national benefits and security.

Menon, for his part, said India always treasures relationship with Vietnam, taking it as as the top importance in its Look East policy, of which the security and defence cooperation is among key pillars in their comprehensive strategic partnership.

The perfection of legal documents on anti-crime and social security and order work during Quang’s visit and upcoming visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will elevate ties between the Indian relevant agencies and the MoPS to a greater height, he added.

He said he is hopeful of wider links in cyber and information, aerospace and the establishment of cooperation ties between NSC and MoPS in the future.

The same day, Minister Quang also worked with chief of the Indian National Security Guard (NSG), Sen. Lieut. Gen Arvind Ranjan, and the NSG training centre.

Reviewing risks to national security and social order posed by global terrorism, both sides expressed desire to share more experience while improving the efficiency of their fight against crimes, especially terror attacks.

The two nations will further concretise the contents of their strategic partnership in the new context.-VNA