Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh (Source: VNA)

New Delhi (VNA) – The 11th Vietnam-India defence policy dialogue, which took place in New Delhi, India on August 1, demonstrated India’s high political trust and wish to enhance defence ties with Vietnam, said Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh.

The official, who co-chaired the dialogue, told the Vietnam News Agency that he is pleased with results of the event, which, he said, is to concretise commitments reached by high-ranking leaders of the two countries, especially those between the two defence ministries aiming to intensify defence cooperation, mutual political trust and national defence of both countries.

According to the deputy minister, Vietnam and India have agreed to organise high-level visits and delegation exchanges, and cooperate in training, defence industry and high-technology as well as between armed services.

To that end, it requires the two sides to roll out specific programmes and plans for effective cooperation, he said, noting that during the dialogue, they reached a programme on defence collaboration in the next five years.

Accordingly, they will step up the exchange of strategic viewpoints and defence policies, as well as collaboration in training and other spheres like peace-keeping operations, maritime security and defence science-technology, among others.

Of note, the two sides consented to set forth common plans on all realms in an effort to deal with their differences and raise the efficiency of cooperation, Sen. Lieut. Gen. Vinh said.

The deputy minister said the dialogue took place in the context that the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership thrived over the past two years, citing visits to India by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President Tran Dai Quang in January and March 2018.

Last June, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also visited Vietnam, during which the minister and her Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich committed to enhancing the bilateral defence ties, he said.-VNA