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Indian naval ships begin three-day visit to Ho Chi Minh City

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Two Indian naval ships, INS Sahyadri and INS Kadmatt, carrying more than 500 crew members arrived at Nha Rong Wharf on Friday, marking the start of a three-day friendship visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

The visit is part of bilateral defense cooperation activities to enhance ties between the two navies and also mark the 50th anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic relations this year.

During their stay, the Indian delegation is set to pay courtesy calls to Ho Chi Minh City leaders, visit the high commands of Military Region 7 and Naval Region 2, pay tribute to Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh, visit local historical relic sites, and take part in sport exchanges with officers and soldiers of Naval Region 2.

The Indian ships will also join the Vietnam People’s Navy in a joint passage exercise (PASSEX).

Indian naval ship INS Kadmatt arrives at Nha Rong Wharf, Ho Chi Minh City, June 24, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Indian naval ship INS Kadmatt arrives at Nha Rong Wharf, Ho Chi Minh City, June 24, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Addressing a press meeting held on INS Sahyadri, Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, Commander of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet and head of the delegation, said the friendship trip to Ho Chi Minh City holds great significance as it takes place amid the 50th anniversary of India-Vietnam diplomatic ties and the fifth anniversary of their comprehensive strategic partnership.

Speaking highly of their growing bilateral relations, including defense cooperation, he said the two countries share a common viewpoint on the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Vietnam Sea, along with the peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla (C), Commander of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, speaks during a press meeting held on INS Sahyadri naval ship at Nha Rong Wharf, Ho Chi Minh City, June 24, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre
Rear Admiral Sanjay Bhalla (C), Commander of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet, speaks during a press meeting held on INS Sahyadri naval ship at Nha Rong Wharf, Ho Chi Minh City, June 24, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The INS Sahyadri is the third ship of the P17 class of stealthy guided missile destroyers, being designed in-house by the Indian Navy’s Design Institute and built by Mazagaon Dock Co., Ltd., Mumbai.

The INS Kadmatt (P29 class) is the second out of four domestically-produced anti-submarine warfare frigates in the Indian Navy’s Plan 28, which aims to modernize the Navy through manufacturing anti-submarine stealth corvettes.

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Vietnam’s top legislator join talks with Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives

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Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue joined talks with Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives Martin Romualdez in Manila on Wednesday.

The conversation took place right after a welcoming ceremony for Chairman Hue at the House of Representatives’ headquarters, within the framework of his official visit to the Philippines from Wednesday through Friday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Romualdez expressed his belief that the trip will create a new impulse for the two countries’ strategic partnership to develop effectively and substantively in all aspects.

On behalf of the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation, Hue congratulated the Philippines on the successful organization of the general elections last May and Romualdez on his election to the House leadership.

He believed that the resolution on strengthening bilateral cooperation through the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society will be an important milestone to further strengthen the relationship between the legislative bodies, as well as the strategic partnership between the two countries in general.

The NA chairman praised the comprehensive achievements that the Philippine government and House of Representatives have obtained in the country’s development over the past years, especially in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining high economic growth.

Both the host and guest held that high-level visits and meetings reflect the close ties and political trust between leaders and peoples of the two countries.

They agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties in such areas as politics, diplomacy, trade, and investment.

On this occasion, Chairman Hue invited the Philippine Speaker to visit Vietnam, and Romualdez thanked and accepted the invitation with pleasure.

At the talks, in the presence of the countries’ parliamentarians, a representative of the Philippine House of Representatives read the entire Resolution 571 on enhancing bilateral cooperation through the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society.

This resolution received support from the entire House of Representatives.

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Vietnam’s top legislator starts official visit to Philippines

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Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Villamor airbase, Manila on Wednesday, commencing his three-day official visit to the Philippines, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The visit will run from Wednesday to Friday at the invitation of Senate President of the Philippines Juan Miguel Zubiri.

This is the first official visit to the Philippines by an NA chairperson of Vietnam in 16 years and also the first by a foreign parliamentary leader to the Philippines after the country successfully held the general elections in May and elected new leaders of its House of Representatives and Senate in July.

It also marks the resumption of high-level mutual visits between the two countries after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman Hue is expected to discuss with senior leaders of the Philippines measures to promote bilateral cooperation in many fields and deepen the two nations’ strategic partnership.

One of the highlights of the visit is to review and promote the development of legal policies, which will act as a lever for economic cooperation as well as collaboration in issues of mutual concern.

Hue will also attend a trade and investment forum and a number of other activities.

Vietnam and the Philippines established diplomatic relations more than 45 years ago, and the two countries’ strategic partnership has continued to develop positively across all fields.

The two-way trade turnover reached US$6.8 billion in 2021, the highest in the past years, and more than $6 billion in the first nine months of 2022.

Cooperation in agriculture still has a lot of room for development, especially in the context that Vietnam is the leading exporter of agricultural products in the region, while the Philippines is the second-most populous country in ASEAN.

Ties in other areas such as education, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges are gradually recovering after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam is currently one of the three strategic partners of the Philippines, along with the U.S. and Japan.

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Vietnamese defense minister meets Cambodian, Chinese counterparts in Cambodia

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Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings in Cambodia on Monday.

Minister Giang is in Cambodia from Monday to Wednesday for the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat, the ninth ADMM Plus, and the ASEAN-U.S. and ASEAN-India defense ministers’ informal meetings, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

During their conversation, Minister Giang and Minister Tea Banh discussed a number of regional and global issues, and sought ways to further promote their countries’ partnership in the future.

They agreed to foster the cooperation between the two defense ministries, thus making contributions to the success of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year in 2022.

Giang congratulated the Ministry of National Defense of Cambodia for successfully hosting the ASEAN military-defense meetings for 2022, and expressed his belief that the ADMM Retreat and the ninth ADMM Plus will also be a success, making important contributions to maintaining the central role of the ASEAN.

He also invited Minister Tea Banh to visit Vietnam for the International Defense Expo that Vietnam will host for the first time in December.

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang (L) met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh in Cambodia, November 21, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang (L) met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh in Cambodia, November 21, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

During his meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the same day, Minister Giang congratulated China on the success of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Wei affirmed that the defense partnership is one of the important factors in the friendship and cooperation between the two Parties and states, ensuring benefits for the two peoples as well as peace, stability, cooperation, and development in each country, the region, and the world.

The two ministers agreed that defense cooperation between the two countries has been maintained with flexible and effective forms despite COVID-19 impacts.

They underlined the need to increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, effectively implement existing cooperation mechanisms, boost collaboration in political affairs, and enhance cooperation between the armed forces, academies, and schools.

The two ministers also agreed to deal with international issues related to the two countries with a strategic view to common interests and through peaceful measures in line with international law.

Giang affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of settling sea-related issues through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.

He also stressed the significance of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC) and the building of a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the maritime area.

The two ministers also concurred on fostering defense cooperation to realize collaboration contents reached by high-ranking leaders of the two sides during Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit, thus boosting the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a healthy and stable manner.

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