Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday arrived in Vietnam on a three-day visit, in reflection of the growing congruence in maritime security cooperation with the key Southeast Asian country amid China’s increasing muscle-flexing in the region.
Mr Singh was welcomed at the airport by India’s Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma and senior officers of Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence.
“Hon’ble RM, Shri Rajnath Singh arrived at Hanoi on an official visit to Vietnam from 8-10 June 2022. He was welcomed at the airport by Amb. Pranay Verma and senior officers of Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence,” the Embassy of India said on Twitter.
In New Delhi, the defence ministry said Rajnath Singh’s visit to Vietnam from June 8 to 10 is aimed at further consolidating the bilateral defence ties as well as the comprehensive strategic partnership.
The defence minister will hold extensive talks with his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang, with a focus on exploring new initiatives to further strengthen the defence engagements, besides exchanging views on regional and global issues of shared interest, it said.
Mr Singh is also scheduled to call on Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
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