India, Vietnam to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation


Hanoi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has arrived here on the first leg of her four-day two-nation tour that aims at deepening India’s strategic cooperation with Vietnam and Cambodia, both key countries in the ASEAN region. In Hanoi, Ms Swaraj will co-chair the 16th meeting of the Joint Commission, along with the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. She arrived in Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Sunday night. She was received by Ambassador P Harish and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, the Indian Embassy here tweeted. The Indian children greeted her with flowers. “A strategic partner and an important friend in ASEAN! EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in Hanoi, Vietnam to a warm welcome. Two days of packed programme on 27-28 August during EAM’s first leg of the two-country visit to South East Asia,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Ravish Kumar tweeted. Ms Swaraj will also call on Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.She will also inaugurate the 3rd edition of the Indian Ocean Conference. The External Affairs Minister’s visit to Vietnam and Cambodia will provide an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions with the political leadership on a wide range of global, regional and bilateral issues, and advance our strategic engagement with these countries and the ASEAN region, the MEA had said in a statement. Swaraj will visit Cambodia on August 29.