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SOURCE: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh on Saturday and noted that the Indo-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership can contribute to promoting regional stability as both nations share a similar vision of an open, inclusive, peaceful and rules-based Indian Ocean region.

In his telephonic conversation with Pham, Modi congratulated him on his appointment as the premier of Vietnam and expressed confidence that the India-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership would continue to become stronger under his able guidance, the Prime Minister’s Office here said in a statement.

Modi welcomed the fact that both the countries shared a similar vision of an open, inclusive, peaceful and rules-based Indian Ocean region, and hence the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership could contribute to promoting regional stability, prosperity and development, the PMO said.

In this context, Modi also noted that both India and Vietnam were currently fellow members of the UN Security Council.

Modi thanked PM Pham for the valuable support provided by the government and people of Vietnam during the second wave of the Covid pandemic in India, the statement said.

The leaders agreed that both the countries should continue consultations and cooperation to support each other’s continuing efforts against the pandemic.

Both the prime ministers reviewed the state of bilateral relations and shared their views on different areas of cooperation, the PMO said.