Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will hold delegation-level talks with his counterparts on military-related issues during his four-day visit to Vietnam starting November 22. Incidentally, the Army Chief's visit to Vietnam comes two days after President Ram Nath Kovind paid a three- day visit to that country.

During the bilateral visit, Rawat will also interact with senior military hierarchy of Vietnam besides visiting key military formations and establishments.

The Army Chief is scheduled to meet and interact with Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich and Deputy Chief of General Staff Senior Lieutenant General Pham Hong Huong, Deputy Chief of the General Staff during the visit. Rawat will visit Headquarters of an Infantry Division near Hanoi and Headquarters of 7 Military Region at Ho Chi Minh, officials said here on Tuesday.

During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Vietnam in 2016 the relationship between the two countries was upgraded to comprehensive strategic partnership. Defence cooperation has increased exponentially over the last few years amongst all services including exchange programmes, training assistance and cooperation on various service specific issues.

Rawat's visit will be yet another milestone in giving impetus to the strategic partnership between India and Vietnam and taking forward the military to military cooperation to the next level, they said.