Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh holds talks with Vietnam’s Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Gang in New Delhi on June 19, 2023. During the meeting, progress on various bilateral defense cooperation initiatives was reviewed, with both parties expressing satisfaction with the ongoing engagements.
Both ministers identified ways to enhance existing areas of collaboration, particularly in the fields of defense industry cooperation, maritime security and multinational cooperation. The Raksha Mantri also announced the gift of the domestically built in-service missile corvette INS Kirpan, which will be a milestone in enhancing the capabilities of the Vietnam People’s Navy.
As part of his engagements, the Defense Minister of Vietnam also visited the DRDO headquarters and discussed ways to enhance defense industrial capabilities through cooperation in defense research and joint production.
Earlier in the day, General Phan Van Gang laid a wreath at the National War Memorial and paid his respects to fallen heroes. The visiting dignitary arrived in India on June 18 for a two-day visit. Vietnam is an important partner in India’s Act East policy and in the Indo-Pacific region.