Vietnam has sought suggestions from India to keep South China Sea stable

NEW DELHI: Vietnam has sought suggestions from India to keep South China Sea stable and ensure Freedom of Navigation in the region ahead of President Ram Nath Kovind's trip to Vietnam beginning later this week.

Vietnam's Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau, addressing a meet ahead of the Presidential visit, welcomed every possible ideas and initiative for maintenance of peace and stability, and more so freedom of navigation and movement in the South China Sea. The Ambassador also encouraged greater connectivity between India and Vietnam including direct connectivity.

He highlighted the fact that India is one of the three countries with whom Vietnam shares ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. He reiterated how India, being a non-communist country, has supported Vietnam over the years. In defence and security areas, India has readily provided Vietnam with security personnel training and technical assistance as well as defence equipment cooperation, the diplomat pointed out.

Former Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran, who also addressed the meet, talked about Vietnam’s richness in culture and diversity and how India fits in the circle of both nations cultural relations. She also reiterated how India and Vietnam abides strongly by international laws in respect to Indo-Pacific. The economic relation between the two countries is growing at an increasing pace, she remarked.

Dr. Anirban Ganguly, Director of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, explained how compelling the relation between India and Vietnam is. "India and Vietnam have the key to push their partnership to work on a particular structure of engagement in the Indo-Pacific," suggested Dr Ganguly.

This is Kovind's maiden visit to Southeast Asia. The meet was organised by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in association with Embassy of Vietnam.