GUWAHATI, June 17: The minister of national defence of Vietnam, General Phan Van Giang, will be on a two-day visit to India on Sunday, according to a release. The visiting dignitary will be holding a bilateral meeting with defence minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on June 19 to carry forward India-Vietnam defence cooperation. Both sides will also exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. The minister of national defence of Vietnam will also undertake a cultural visit to Agra during his stay in India.
India and Vietnam share a comprehensive strategic partnership. Bilateral defence relations form a significant pillar of this partnership. Defence engagements between the two nations have diversified to include wide-ranging contacts between the services, military-to-military exchanges, high-level visits, capacity building and training programmes, cooperation in UN peacekeeping, ship visits, and bilateral exercises.
During the visit of the defence minister to Vietnam in June 2022, major overarching guiding documents, namely the “Joint Vision Statement on India-Vietnam Defence Partnership towards 2030’ and a Memorandum of Understanding on ‘Mutual Logistics Support,” were signed that have significantly enhanced the scope and scale of defence cooperation between both the countries.