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India and Vietnam agree to step up security and defence ties.

India and Vietnam on Tuesday decided to ramp up their defence and security ties that will see supply of four naval patrol vessels to Hanoi and increased training of its military personnel, a month after India extended USD 100 million Line of Credit (LoC) for defence procurement.


"Our defence cooperation with Vietnam is among our most important ones. India remains committed to the modernisation of Vietnam's defence and security forces," Prime Minister Modi said following his talks with Tan. This will include expansion of training programme, which is already very substantial, joint exercises and cooperation in defence equipment "We will quickly operationalize the 100 million dollars LoC that will enable Vietnam acquire new naval vessels from India. We have also agreed to enhance our security cooperation, including in counter-terrorism," he added..


India and Vietnam have a long-standing defence relationship but it has been restricted to military exchanges, training, spares and maintenance of military hardware India is already training the Vietnam Navy personnel in operating the Russian-origin Kilo-class submarine among other areas.


A joint statement released after the meeting said the Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction at the progress made in defence cooperation including exchange of visits, annual security dialogue, service to service cooperation, ship visits, training, capacity building and cooperation at the regional for a including on Humanitarian Mine Action under ADMM-Plus.

 

 
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