New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (April 15) held a telephonic call with Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and both the leaders discussed historical and civilizational relations between the two countries.
The two leaders complemented each other on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam being celebrated this year.
They expressed satisfaction over the rapid pace of wide-ranging cooperation under the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which was established during the Prime Minister’s visit to Vietnam in 2016, an MEA release said here.
The Prime Minister reiterated Vietnam’s importance as an important pillar of India’s Act East Policy and Indo-Pacific Vision and sought to enhance the scope of the bilateral relationship.
The Prime Minister also requested for greater facilitation of market access for India’s pharma and Agri-products in Vietnam.
Mr Modi highlighted the historical and civilization links between the two countries and expressed his happiness in India’s involvement in the restoration of Cham monuments in Vietnam.
The leaders agreed to enhance the defence partnership between the two countries.
They also exchanged views on regional and global issues of shared interest, including the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the situation in the South China Sea, the release said.