For the first time, armies of India and Vietnam 29 January 2018 began a six day-long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, reflecting growing defence ties between the two countries. India and Vietnam have been exploring ways to strengthen defence cooperation.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was here last week to participate in the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit and attend the Republic Day celebrations. The issue of bolstering defence and security cooperation figured prominently during the bilateral talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with his Vietnamese counterpart.
Defence ties between India and Vietnam have been on an upswing with the primary focus being cooperation in the maritime domain. India and Vietnam had signed a protocol on defence cooperation in 1994. The partnership was thereafter elevated to strategic level in 2007 and a pact on boosting bilateral defence cooperation was signed in 2009.