Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, has suggested that Vietnam and India should work harder to beef up the partnership between the two air forces.

He made the suggestion during a Hanoi meeting with a delegation from the United Service Institution and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses of India led by Lieutenant General Avadesh K. Singh on May 26.

Host and guest expressed their belief that the two sides will work more closely in their naval affiliation, the key pillar in the two countries’ defence partnership.

They also held out hope that cooperation in defence training and air forces will be sped up.

The officers reviewed the sound traditional ties between the two counties over the past years.

Regarding China’s illegal placement of its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, Lt. Gen. Singh affirmed that India objects China’s wrongful move.

He stated that his country supports Vietnam in the issue.-VNA