India and Vietnam sign defence cooperation
India and Vietnam signed a joint vision statement on defence cooperation for the period 2015-20 here on May 26. The statement was signed by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Vietnamese Minister for National Defence General Phung Quang Thanh at the end of the delegation level talks in New Delhi.
A memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Coast Guards of the two countries was also signed in the presence of the two Defence Ministers. The Vietnamese Defence Minister was on a three-day official visit to the country at the invitation of Parrikar. At the delegation level talks, the two sides discussed wideranging issues concerning defence cooperation, including cooperation in the area of maritime security. Both sides reiterated their commitment to further enhancing the ongoing defence engagements between the two sides for mutual benefit.