According to Thanh, high-level visits over the past years have helped strengthen political trust. Trade has also increased significantly to reach nearly 9 billion USD in 2014, up tenfold against that of 2007.
Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh and Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran grant interview to VNA correspondents in New Delhi
Agreeing with Thanh’s assessment, the Indian diplomat expressed her belief that defence, security, political, economic and trade ties will thrive.
She stated that at present, cooperation potential between the two countries has yet to be fully tapped and suggested they open additional direct air routes, as the aviation linkage would contribute to promoting trade, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.
Vietnam is the strongest factor in India’s “Act East” policy, she said, noting that within three months of the new administration assuming power (May 26, 2014), the Indian Foreign Minister and the President visited Vietnam in August and September. In October, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also visited India and held talks with his Indian counterpart.
In its “Act East” policy, India plans to boost cooperation in pharmaceuticals, garment-textiles, agriculture and farm produce processing with Vietnam, she added.