Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (10 July) had a telephonic conversation with newly appointed Vietnam counterpart Pham Minh Chinh.
During the conversation, PM Modi expressed confidence that the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries would continue to become stronger under Minh's able guidance.
PM Modi welcomed the fact that both countries share a similar vision of an open, inclusive, peaceful and rules-based Indian Ocean Region, and hence the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership can contribute to promote regional stability, prosperity and development, a PMO statement said.
PM Modi also noted that both India and Vietnam were presently fellow members of the UN Security Council, the statement added.
He thanked PM Chinh for the valuable support provided by the government and people of Vietnam during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India.
The leaders agreed that both countries should continue consultations and cooperation to support each other's continuing efforts against the pandemic.
Both prime ministers reviewed the state of bilateral relations and shared their views on different areas of cooperation.
Noting that year 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the leaders agreed to celebrate this auspicious milestone in a befitting manner through various commemorative activities.
PM Modi also invited his Vietnamese counterpart Chinh to undertake an official visit to India at an early suitable date.