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India-Vietnam look towards cementing military ties

2015-01-15 08:41:16       source:Times of India

January 14, 2015


"India and Vietnam will look to further cement military ties with another round of strategic defence talks later this week. Government sources here said Vietnam defence minister Phung Quang Thanh will pay a rare visit to India later this week to chair defence dialogue along with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar. 

The Vietnamese defence minister is also one of the senior most leaders of the Communist Party of Vietnam. This will be Vietnam's first strategic defence dialogue with the PM Narendra Modi government which is overtly seeking to expand military cooperation with the country locked in a territorial dispute with China in South China Sea. Modi had himself declared earlier that India is committed to the modernisation of Vietnam's military and security forces. "


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