India, Vietnam to cooperate on national security, defence

The visiting Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Vu Van Ninh on Wednesday said that his country was committed to avoid violence in resolving disputes on sea and have talks based on international law and the six-point principle of ASEAN. Both India and Vietnam also agreed to cooperate on national security and defence.

"We will continue to cooperate closely at international and regional forums. We are committed to maintaining peace, stability, security, safety, freedom of navigation over the seas... We would want to have peaceful negotiations based on international law especially the 1982 UNCLOS, the six-point principle of ASEAN," said Vu Van Ninh after his talks with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

Khurshid said that once Indian banks were fully operational in Vietnam, it will provide further impetus to their economic ties and enable the two countries to achieve bilateral trade target of $ 7 billion by 2015.

Vu Van Ninh also invited Indian companies to invest in his country.

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