India and Vietnam Relation: Background
- India and Vietnam share historical relation. India-Vietnam relations foundations were laid by founding fathers of the two countries - President Ho Chi Minh and the then President of India Rajendra Prasad and Prime Minister J.L. Nehru.
- The traditionally close and cordial relations have their historical roots in the common struggle for liberation from foreign rule and the national struggle for independence.
- It is important to mention here that Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the first visitors to Vietnam after its victory against the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.
- The then President of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh visited to India in 1958.
- India's thrust under the 'Look East' policy combined with Vietnam's growing engagement within the region and with India has paid rich dividends. Vietnam is an important regional partner in South East Asia.
- Bilateral relations were upgraded to a "Strategic Partnership" during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to India in July 2007.
- It is upgraded to a "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Vietnam in September 2016.
- On 8th of June, 2022 India and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on mutual logistics support.
- Date of MOU- 8th of June, 2022
- In presence of- the two Defence Ministers during the ongoing visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to the Southeast Asian nation
- MOU- ‘Joint Vision Statement on India-Vietnam Defence Partnership towards 2030
- Aim- It will significantly enhance the scope and scale of existing defence cooperation.
With which countries does India have logistic agreements?
- India has signed several logistics agreements. It includes-
- All Quad countries- US, Japan and Austrlia
- France, Singapore and South Korea
- The first country with which India has signed a logistic agreement- with the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. in 2016.
What are logistics agreements
- Logistics agreements are administrative arrangements facilitating access to military facilities for exchange of fuel and provisions on mutual agreement simplifying logistical support and increasing operational turnaround of the military when operating away from India.