|Defense Minister Phan Van Giang and Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh review the honor guard of the Vietnam People's Army. Photo: Nguyen Hong/ baoquocte.vn
Minister Rajnath Singh and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang held talks in Hanoi on Wednesday after the welcoming ceremony for the Indian guests. They discussed cooperation direction and agreed to strengthen collaboration to fully and effectively implement signed agreements, focusing on increasing contacts and exchanges of delegations at all levels.
|Defense Minister Phan Van Giang holds talks with Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Photo: Nguyen Hong/ baoquocte.vn
They will maintain and enhance the efficiency of dialogue and consultation mechanisms, especially the defense policy consultation at the deputy defense minister level, while fostering partnership in personnel training and cooperation among armed forces as well as coordination in participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations. They also agreed to strengthen coordination and consultations at multilateral forums.
Regarding regional and global issues of shared concern, the two sides shared their views on the significance of maintaining peace, stability, maritime and aviation security, safety and freedom in the East Sea, as well as the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures in line with international law, along with the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the reaching of an efficient and substantial Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) that is suitable to international law.
At the end of the talks, the two sides signed a Joint Vision Statement on the Vietnam-India defense partnership until 2030 and a Memorandum of Understanding on logistical reciprocity between the two defense ministries.