Viet Nam and India have agreed to strengthen bilateral ties, increase high-ranking visits and exchanges and enhance co-operation at regional and international forums.
This was signalled at a meeting here yesterday between Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Sanjay Singh.
The Indian minister was attending the second strategic dialogue and fifth political consultative meeting between Viet Nam and India.
During the meeting, the two sides also reached consensus on strengthening co-operation between foreign ministries.
Minh spoke highly of the friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and India established by President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Nehru and fostered by both countries.
Viet Nam supported India's "Look East" policy and wished that India would heighten its role in the region and the world.
Minh invited the Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna to pay an official visit to Viet Nam and co-chair the 14th meeting of the Viet Nam-India Joint Committee in mid-September. — VNS