Vietnam and India agreed here on Saturday to upgrade their strategic partnership to comprehensive strategic partnership.
The announcement was made by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at a press briefing in Hanoi during Modi’s visit to Vietnam.
According to the Indian guest, the upgrading “will provide a new direction, momentum and substance” to bilateral cooperation.
Phuc, for his part, said that the country highlighted the fact that India will help Vietnam in oil and gas exploration and exploitation.
In addition, Vietnam and India put priorities on cooperation in atomic energy, science-technology, education, healthcare, culture, tourism, people-to-people exchange, enhancement of aviation and navigation connectivity, among others.
Ahead of the briefing, Vietnamese and Indian Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of 12 agreements and memorandums of understanding on implementing comprehensive strategic partnership.
Modi is paying an official visit to Vietnam from Friday to Saturday.
The two countries are celebrating the 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties and 10th anniversary of establishment of strategic partnership in 2017. Endit