Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go aboard on a two-nation tour to Vietnam and China starting on Friday. During the first leg of his four-day visit, the Prime Minister will first reach Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Friday night.
In Vietnam PM will meet President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and hold wide-ranging talks with the top leadership to deepen ties in key areas of defence, security and trade, and oil exploration.
Briefing the media Secretary (East), External Affairs Ministry, Preeti Saran said, “Vietnam is India’s important strategic partner and the visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, including defence, security and trade.
On September 3, the Prime Minister will leave for Hangzhou, China, from Vietnam in the evening to attend the G20 summit on September 4 and 5. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Prime Minister will have bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“During the visit, India will take up issues like cross-border mobility of professionals, terror financing, tax evasion and reduction in remittance transaction cost among others,” said Secretary (West) Sujata Mehta.
She further added that Prime Minister Modi will be the lead speaker at the session on inclusive and inter connected development.
It would be the first meeting between PM Modi and President Jinping after their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent.
In that summit PM had urged China to make a “fair and objective” assessment of India’s application on merit for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).