Vietnam is an important pillar of India’s Act East Policy and Indo-Pacific Vision

Reiterating Vietnam’s importance as an important pillar of India’s Act East Policy and Indo-Pacific Vision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought to enhance the scope of the bilateral relationship, besides working for expeditious progress on existing initiatives, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

Prime Minister Modi had a phone call with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong during which the two expressed satisfaction over the rapid pace of wide-ranging cooperation under the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, the PMO said.

The India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was established during the Prime Minister’s visit to Vietnam in 2016.

The two leaders complimented each other on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam being celebrated this year, the PMO stated.

According to the PMO statement, the Prime Minister also requested for greater facilitation of market access for India’s pharma and agri-products in Vietnam.

The Prime Minister highlighted the historical and civilization links between the two countries and expressed his happiness in India’s involvement in restoration of Cham monuments in Vietnam, it added.

The leaders agreed to enhance defence partnership between the two countries, the statement said.

They also exchanged views on regional and global issues of shared interest, including the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the situation in South China Sea, it mentioned.