Indian warship visits Viet Nam to boost maritime, relief cooperation

Update: 11:56 | 25/12/2020
An Indian warship anchored at Nha Rong port in Ho Chi Minh City on December 24 with 15 tonnes of humanitarian relief supplies for people affected by floods in central Viet Nam.
Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc và Thủ tướng Cộng hoà Ấn Độ Narendra Modi đồng chủ trì Hội đàm cấp cao trực tuyến Việt Nam-Ấn Độ.
The virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Dec. 21, 2020.

This is part of India’s efforts to assist countries in the region amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hindustan Times reported.

The visit by the corvette INS Kiltan is also aimed at enhancing maritime cooperation between the two navies and contributing to regional security and stability.

On its departure from Ho Chi Minh City, the warship will undertake an exercise with the Viet Nam People’s Navy in the East Sea from December 26-27.

INS Kiltan arrived at Nha Rong port under “Mission Sagar-III”, part of India’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief assistance to friendly foreign countries during the pandemic, the Indian Defence Ministry said.

The relief materials will be handed over to Viet Nam’s central steering committee for national disaster prevention and control. “This assistance is reflective of the deep people-to-people connect between the two friendly countries,” the ministry said.

Mission Sagar-III was launched in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR on security and growth for all in the region, and “reiterates India’s position as a dependable partner and the Indian Navy as the preferred security partner and first responder”, it added.

Earlier this week, India and Viet Nam signed seven agreements in areas ranging from defence to petrochemicals and unveiled a joint vision for enhanced security cooperation to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific during a summit between Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The developments came against the backdrop of concerns in both countries about China’s aggressive actions. India also handed over one of 12 patrol boats being made for Viet Nam under a 100-million-USD line of credit, and Modi described Viet Nam as “an important pillar of India’s Act East policy and an important ally of our Indo-Pacific vision”.

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(Source: VNA)