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Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag in Vietnam to boost defence ties

2014-12-20 09:15:52       source:Economic Times

December 19, 2014


"Indian Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is in Vietnam on a four day visit (Dec 17-20) to intensify its defence and strategic cooperation amid rising tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) region after Beijing ignored last Monday's deadline given by an international court to make its official territorial claims in the hotly disputed region. 

This is first time that an Indian Army chief is visiting Vietnam since a robust defence partnership was launched few years back. Official sources said that Gen Suhag's visit comes after the assurance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Vietnamese counterpart last October of India's steadfast support to Hanoi's military requirements. The Army Chief's visit will seek to expand army-to-army cooperation after the two countries have been focusing largely on navy-to-navy cooperation, sources noted."


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