On 12 November, India and Vietnam agreed to boost bilateral cooperation for a free and open Indo-Pacific by India and the 10 ASEAN nation with the vision of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and the ASEAN’s Outlook on Indo-Pacific to achieve shared security, prosperity and growth for all in the region, said the Ministry of External Affairs.
Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) in the MEA, and Vietnam’s Vice Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dzung had a virtual political consultation and strategic engagement.
After the eleventh round of Political Consultations and the eighth-roundstrategic dialogue between the foreign ministries of the two countries figured out ways to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at East Asia summit in Bangkok in 2019 proposed setting up of the IPOI to conserve, sustainably use the maritime domain and to make efficient efforts to create a safe and secure maritime domain, several countries came up in its support.
The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is a major stakeholder in the Indo-Pacific. The ten ASEAN nations are the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia.
The ties between India and ASEAN are on the rise in last few years with the focus on ramping up cooperation in the areas of trade and investment as well as security and defence.
The Ministry of External affairs said “Both sides reviewed the recent developments in India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership guided by the ‘joint vision for peace, prosperity and people’ adopted by the prime ministers of India and Vietnam during their virtual summit in December 2020 and the plan of action for 2021-2023 signed by their foreign ministers,”.
“They expressed satisfaction over the sustained momentum in their multifaceted bilateral relations, despite the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, with frequent high-level engagements through virtual platform,” the MEA added.
“They also discussed future cooperation agenda, including high-level exchanges and celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of India-Vietnam Diplomatic Relations in 2022. Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and explored new opportunities for partnership to support each other’s economic revival,” the MEA said.
The MEA said, “Both sides expressed satisfaction over their close coordination at multilateral forums, including at the UN Security Council, where both India and Vietnam are concurrently serving as non-permanent members,” they added.
Source: Business Standard