Vietnam has become a pillar of India’s “Look East” policy, according to Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.

The minister granted an interview to Vietnam News Agency reporters on the occasion of the upcoming visit to India by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong from November 19 – 22.

He stressed India’s belief that the visit will mark a turning point in the two countries’ strategic partnership, which was built by late President Ho Chi Minh and late Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and treasured by following leaders and the two peoples.

In recent years bilateral ties have recorded positive developments in depth, he noted.

The minister said both sides have made important progress in the five cooperation pillars of politics, defence and security; economics and trade; science and technology; culture and technique; and regional and multilateral issues, which were set in their statement of strategic partnership establishment.

He added that India and Vietnam have also implemented a number of significant initiatives in each field, affirming that their cooperation relations have become stronger than ever.

Minister Salman Khurshid said there remains potential for both countries to expand their ties.

This year, two-way trade has rose 40 percent, he said, expressing his belief that the figure will hit 7 billion USD in 2015.

India’s investment in the Southeast Asian country has surged, and many Indian enterprises are willing to run their businesses in Vietnam .

The minister deemed science and technology, information technology, biotechnology, agriculture, space and the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as areas that need special attention.

He also said the planned establishment of a Vietnam - India direct flight route will create a major driving force to their businesses, tourism and exchange activities.

Vietnam and India established their diplomatic ties in 1972 and elevated their relations to a strategic partnership in 2007.-VNA