Vietnam highly values comprehensive strategic partnership with India: Deputy PM

Friday, 2019-09-20 18:14:56
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Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma. (Photo:
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has stated that Vietnam attaches great importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with India, which has been set up on the basis of the long-standing and faithful traditional friendly ties between the two countries.

Speaking during a reception for newly appointed Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma in Hanoi on September 20, Deputy PM Minh said Vietnam-India relations are growing actively across diverse spheres, with the two sides targeting to bring two-way trade to US$15 billion by 2020.

He asked the two sides to continue strengthening the exchange of high-level delegations, effectively maintain the cooperation mechanisms, such as the Joint Committee, the political consultation and the defence policy dialogue, as well as enhance meetings, coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums.

The deputy PM affirmed Vietnam’s support for India’s Look East policy, while speaking highly of India’s stance on the East Sea, especially the respect of international laws.

A general view of the reception. (Photo:

For his part, Ambassador Pranay Verma pledged his utmost efforts to successfully fulfill his mission in Vietnam, thereby contributing to further accelerating ties between the two countries.

The diplomat congratulated Vietnam on its assumption of the ASEAN Chairmanship 2020 and being a non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021, hailing this as the chance for India to enhance cooperation with Vietnam in particular and with ASEAN as a whole.

With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Pranay Verma used to work at India’s Tata Steel Corporation and has been working in the diplomatic sector since 1994.

Before being appointed as the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam, he served as the Director of the East Asia Department under the Indian Foreign Ministry.