Defence minister Rajnath Singh to hold bilateral talks with Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang

17 June, 2023 | Srishti Ruchandani

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Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, will hold a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart to advance India-Vietnam defence cooperation and discuss mutual concerns.

Union Minister of┬áDefence Rajnath Singh will hold a bilateral meeting on Monday with his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang to bolster defence cooperation. Vietnam’s Defence minister will be on a visit to India from June 18- 19. According to the officials, the two will exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Vietnam Defence Minister General Phan Van Giang will also undertake a cultural visit to Agra, during his stay in India.

India and Vietnam share a comprehensive strategic partnership and bilateral defence relations are a strong pillar of this partnership. Defence engagements between the two nations have diversified to include wide-ranging contacts between the services, military-to-military exchanges, high-level visits, capacity building, training programmes, cooperation in UN Peacekeeping, and bilateral exercises.

This comes a month after PM Narendra Modi and Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh held talks in Hiroshima on the sidelines of the G7 meeting. They discussed different aspects of India-Vietnam friendship, particularly in areas like energy, technology, commerce and defence.