New Delhi, June 8
In an important development of India’s “Act East” policy, India and Vietnam on Wednesday signed the “Joint Vision Statement on India-Vietnam Defense Partnership 2030″, which will significantly enhance the scope and scale of existing defense cooperation.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh signed the joint vision statement after meeting with General Phan Van Giang.
The two sides renewed their exchanges on expanding bilateral cooperation.
“Our close defense and security cooperation is an important factor for stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” Singh tweeted.
I had an excellent meeting with General Phan Van Giang, Minister of Defense of Vietnam. We have renewed exchanges on the expansion of bilateral cooperation. Our close defense and security cooperation is an important factor of stability in the Indo-Pacific region. pic.twitter.com/lI0RCDHZbU
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 8, 2022
The two sides also signed a “mutual logistic support memorandum of understanding”.
This is important as it allows Indian warships and military aircraft to refuel and resupply from Vietnamese bases.
Vietnam is one of six countries in dispute with China over territorial demarcation in the South China Sea.