India and Vietnam on 3 September inked 12 agreements including protocol on double taxation avoidance agreement, to strengthen ties between the two nations. The agreements have been signed in a wide range of areas covering defence and IT and sharing white shipping information as well.
The agreements were signed by officials of both sides in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
"12 for togetherness! India & Vietnam sign a dozen agreements for further strengthening the Strategic Partnership," tweeted Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs.
- Vietnam has shown a keen interest in air and defense production. India's L&T will build offshore high speed patrol boats for Vietnamese Coast Guards, while an agreement was signed on programme of cooperation in UN peacekeeping matters.
- Indian Navy and Vietnam Navy will cooperate in sharing of white shipping information.
- The pacts included agreement on exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, agreement on avoidance of double taxation, health cooperation, IT cooperation, cyber security and agreement on contract and design, building of boat in India, equipment supply and technology transfer.
- In addition, MoU between Vietnamese Academy of Social Science and Indian Council of World Affairs, MoU between BIS and STAMEQ for mutual recognition of standards, agreement on setting up of sustainable IT Infra for advanced IT training and protocol between Vietnam and India on celebrating 2017 as 'The Year Of Friendship' were also signed.
PM Modi, who arrived in Vietnam earlier this morning, was accorded a ceremonial welcome in front of the majestic Presidential palace.
Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit the communist nation in 15 years. He was welcomed by Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quant. He will leave this evening for the G20 talks in China.
After national anthems of both India and Vietnam were played by the armed forces band, dressed in sharp white with gold tassels and black gum boots, PM Modi inspected a guard of honour by the three armed forces of the host country.
Immediately afterwards PM Modi, in a white churidar kurta with grey jacket, was taken to the traditional stilt house near the palace where Vietnam's beloved leader Ho Chi Minh lived intermittently between 1958-1969. He was shown the place by the Vietnamese president.
- With PTI inputs