Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will hold a virtual summit on Monday, December 21, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Tu Hong announced.
This is Prime Minister Modi’s first virtual summit with ASEAN. Vietnam is the chairman of the ASEAN Group this year and has seen many high-level engagements and visits in recent years.
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Indian President Ramnath Govind visited in 2018 and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in 2019. Vietnamese President Tran Dai and Prime Minister Fook were both in India in 2018. Vietnam shares a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with only Russia and China.
India Vietnam Virtual Summit will be the ninth Virtual Summit of the Prime Minister of India. He has so far had virtual summits with Australia, the European Union, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. Earlier this month, under this new form of digital diplomacy, he had virtual summits with his Uzbek and Bangladeshi delegates.
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Speaking to WION, Vietnam’s Ambassador to India last month, Pam San Suu Kyi said, “India is a very important country, it is going to be a global partner of ASEAN, and as a global player, India will be responsible for many areas. Therefore, we need to further strengthen the cooperation between ASEAN and India and India and Vietnam.” “
New Delhi sees Vietnam as a key pillar of its ‘Act East Policy’ and a key partner in the ‘Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI)’.
Vietnam is one of the 11 countries where India has appointed mobile training teams under its security cooperation. US $ 600 million worth of defense taxes are aimed at strengthening Vietnam’s domestic defense production. India and Vietnam will serve simultaneously as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in 2021.