Rajnath Singh signs joint vision statement with Vietnam to strengthen defense ties

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During his three-day official visit to Vietnam, Rajnath Singh signed the “Joint Vision Statement on India-Vietnam Defense Partnership 2030”, to enhance the defense partnership between the two countries.

Rajnath Singh and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang hold bilateral talks in Hanoi. (Photo credits: India Today)

STRONG POINTS

  • Rajnath Singh is on a three-day visit to Vietnam from June 8
  • A “Joint Vision Statement” was signed between India and Vietnam to strengthen defense ties
  • A Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Logistics Support was also signed

Rajnath Singh held bilateral talks with Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang in Hanoi on June 8, 2022. Extensive discussions on effective and practical initiatives to further expand bilateral defense engagements and regional issues and global took place between the two sides.

MEET KEY POINTS

The two defense ministers signed the “Joint Vision Statement on India-Vietnam Defense Partnership 2030″, which will greatly enhance the scope of existing defense cooperation.

– A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Mutual Logistics Support was also signed, a step towards simplifying mutually beneficial logistics support procedures, which is the first such major agreement Vietnam has signed with a country.

– The two ministers also agreed on the rapid finalization of a US$500 million defense line of credit granted to Vietnam. Rajnath Singh also announced the donation of two simulators and a monetary grant for the establishment of a language and computer lab at the Air Force Officer Training School for capacity building. Vietnamese armed forces.

INDIA-VIETNAM DEFENSE LINKS

India and Vietnam have shared a comprehensive strategic partnership since 2016 and defense cooperation is a key pillar of this partnership. Vietnam is an important partner in the Indian Act East policy and the Indo-Pacific vision.

India and Vietnam’s bilateral defense engagements have spanned a period of time to include numerous contacts between the two countries, including defense policy dialogues, military-to-military exchanges, high-level visits , capacity building and training programs, cooperation in United Nations peacekeeping, ship visits and bilateral exercises.

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