(VOV) - India’s Minister of Foreign Affairs S.M.Krishma paid an official visit to Vietnam from September 15-17 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh.
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FM Pham Binh Minh held talks with Mr. Krishna and co-chaired the 14th joint committee on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries.
At the talks, Mr. Krishna congratulated the country on the success of the 11th National Party Congress and the election for the 13th National Assembly. He expressed his belief that Vietnam will continue to gain new achievements in national construction and development.
On the occasion, India’s Foreign Minister pledged to further expand the strategic relationship between the two countries. During the talks both sides discussed cooperative issues as well as international and regional issues of mutual concern.
They highly valued the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and India, which has been strengthened and consolidated since the two countries established a strategic partnership relationship during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to India in July 2007.
The two FMs agreed that the exchange of high-level visits of leaders of both countries will represent important milestones, giving the impetus to promote the strategic partnership between Vietnam and India.
Both diplomatic leaders expressed delight at the common knowledge of the regional and international situation, affirming determination to maintain peace and stability in the region and to strengthen co-ordination and mutual support at regional and international forums.
They agreed on ensuring maritime freedom in the East Sea, stating that related parties should conduct peaceful negotiations in accordance to international laws including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
At the 14th meeting of the joint committee on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation, both sides reviewed and assessed the results of implementing the agreements signed at the previous meetings and set forth a new action plan for the 2011-2013 period.
The two leaders also highlighted the efficiency of cooperation in the field of security and national defence, emphasising that cooperation in economics, trade and investment has witnessed rapid development. Both sides agreed to target a two-way trade figure of US$7 billion by 2015 and reduce import surplus from Vietnam. India also pledged to provide further financial support to Vietnam in the future.
They also highlighted the efficiency of cooperation in the fields of security and national defence, and promoted cooperation in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, information and telecommunications, health, tourism, environment, justice, education, culture and the training of human resources. Accordingly, both countries will sign cooperative agreements in the near future.
The two ministers expressed their delight at the fine results of the 14th Vietnam-India joint committee and agreed that the approved documents will lay an important foundation for both countries to further develop the strategic partnership and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and India in the future.
Later, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his Indian counterpart signed a minute of the meeting and agreed to organise the 15th meeting of Vietnam-India joint committee in 2013.