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India sends warship to deliver aid to Vietnam, exercises in South China Sea


An Indian warship arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday with 15 tons of humanitarian aid supplies for people affected by the floods in central Vietnam as part of New Delhi’s efforts to aid countries in the region in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The INS Corvette Kiltan visit also aims to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies and contribute to regional security and stability. Upon leaving Ho Chi Minh City, the warship will conduct a “passing exercise” with the Vietnam People’s Navy in the South China Sea on December 26-27.

INS Kiltan arrived at the port of Nha Rong under “Mission Sagar-III”, part of India’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief assistance to friendly foreign countries during the pandemic, the Defense Ministry said.

The relief materials will be delivered to the Vietnam Central Steering Committee for National Disaster Prevention and Control. “This assistance reflects the deep person-to-person connection between the two friendly countries,” the ministry said.

Mission Sagar-III was launched in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR or Security and Growth for All in the Region, and “reiterates India’s position as a trusted partner and the Indian Navy as a preferred security partner. and first answer “, additional.

On Monday, India and Vietnam signed seven agreements in areas ranging from defense to petrochemicals and unveiled a joint vision for enhanced security cooperation to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific during a summit between Modi and his counterpart Nguyen. Xuan Phuc.

The events took place against a background of concern in both countries about China’s aggressive actions. India also delivered one of 12 patrol boats being manufactured for Vietnam under a $ 100 million credit line, and Modi described Vietnam as “an important pillar of India Act East policy and an important ally of our Indo-American vision. -Peaceful”.

Hindustan Times