India-Vietnam Meet: PMs Modi, Nguyen talk Covid, ASEAN, UNSC, defence line of credit, joint vision

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual summit with Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam, on Monday, 21st December. According to a press communication from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the two Prime Ministers reviewed ongoing bilateral cooperation initiatives, and also discussed regional and global issues. A ‘Joint Vision for Peace, Prosperity and People’ document was adopted during the Summit, to guide the future development of the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Both leaders also welcomed the signing of a Plan of Action for period 2021-2023 to implement the Joint Vision.

The leaders affirmed the importance of enhancing bilateral cooperation in all areas of engagement. They agreed to support each other’s national development priorities and work together towards the shared objective of a peaceful, stable, secure, free, open, inclusive, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region, the PMO stated.

As per the Prime Minister’s Office, they also reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation against common global challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic. They agreed to maintain active cooperation for ensuring access to vaccines against the pandemic. Based on strong convergence of views on many global and regional issues, the leaders decided that India and Vietnam would coordinate closely at multilateral forums, including at the UN Security Council, where they will serve concurrently in 2021.

The Prime Ministers agreed to explore new and practical collaborations in the maritime domain based on the convergence between India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and the ASEAN’s Outlook on Indo-Pacific to achieve shared security, prosperity, and growth for all in the region.   

The press communication stated that PM Modi reaffirmed India’s commitment to its development and capacity building partnership with Vietnam, through initiatives such as Quick Impact Projects, ITEC and e-ITEC initiatives, PhD fellowships, as well as projects to support Vietnam’s SDGs, digital connectivity, and heritage conservation efforts.

Both Prime Ministers appreciated the successful implementation of the $100 million Defence Line of Credit extended by Government of India to Vietnam, and the completion of seven Development Projects with Indian ‘Grant-in-Aid’ Assistance for the benefit of local communities in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province.

Prime Minister Modi expressed special satisfaction about the restoration and conservation work of the My Son temple complex in Vietnam, recently carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and offered to work with Vietnam in other similar projects, the PMO statement concluded.


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