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India, Vietnam discuss defence, trade cooperation

India and Vietnam today discussed the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and global issues and agreed to add greater content to their ties in fields like defence and security and trade and investment.



Hanoi: India and Vietnam today discussed the
entire gamut of bilateral, regional and global issues and
agreed to add greater content to their ties in fields like
defence and security and trade and investment.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is here on a
three-day visit, held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart
Pham Binh Minh.

Their discussions covered bilateral, regional and global
issues and the two ministers expressed satisfaction that the
Strategic Partnership was developing well.

They agreed to add greater content to bilateral relations
in the fields of defence and security, trade and investment,
education and culture and other areas, an official statement
said.

The two Ministers also co-chaired the 14th India-Vietnam
Joint Commission Meeting on Trade, Economic, Scientific and
Technological Cooperation and reviewed implementation of
activities for 2007-10 under bilateral cooperation, apart from
agreeing to a plan of activities for 2011-13.
Focus areas for cooperation included political, defence
and security, trade and investment, credit and banking, energy
including oil and gas exploration, agriculture, animal
husbandry and aquaculture, science and technology, information
and communications technology, health, civil aviation,
education, human resources development, capacity-building and
cultural and media exchanges.

Krishna is also expected to call on President Truong Tan
Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during his visit,
which he has undertaken at the invitation of his Vietnamese
counterpart.

PTI

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