President Pranab Mukherjee visits Vietnam

Strategically important oil and gas cooperation and extension of a $100 million credit by India to Vietnam for defence purchases were among the seven pacts inked between India and Vietnam during the four-day State visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Vietnam, beginning 15 September 2014.

Both countries called for “freedom” of navigation in the South China Sea, a remark that could irk China which has been claiming territorial sovereignty over the high seas.

Both countries also decided to strengthen and deepen bilateral ties. They decided to step up collaboration in the economic sector, science and technology, culture and people-to-people links.

For the first time, India and Vietnam will have direct daily flights from 5 November 2014, with Jet Airways connecting Delhi and Mumbai to the historic Ho Chi Minh City.

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