Rajnath Singh holds talks with Vietnamese counterpart to carry forward bilateral Defence cooperation

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held talks with Minister of National Defence of Vietnam General Phan Van Gang in New Delhi to carry forward bilateral defence cooperation.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defence Ministry said, ” The meeting was held to review the progress on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives”.

“Both the sides have also expressed satisfaction at the ongoing engagements” it said.

“The Ministers identified means to enhance existing areas of collaboration, especially in the field of defence industry cooperation, maritime security and multinational cooperation” said the statement.

Rajnath Singh also announced the gifting of indigenously-built in-service Missile Corvette INS Kirpan which will be a milestone in enhancing the capabilities of Vietnam People’s Navy.

As part of his engagements, the Defence Minister of Vietnam also visited DRDO headquarters and discussed ways to enhance defence industrial capabilities by cooperation in defence research and joint production.

Earlier in the day, General Phan Van Gang laid a wreath at the National War Memorial and paid homage to the fallen heroes.

The visiting dignitary arrived in India on June 18 on a two-day visit. Vietnam is an important partner

in India’s Act East Policy and the Indo-Pacific region.

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