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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets counterparts from Vietnam, Indonesia

NEW DELHI (PTI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday held separate talks with his counterparts from Vietnam and Indonesia with a focus on boosting overall bilateral ties including defence industrial collaboration.

The talks were held on the sidelines of a meeting of ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Jakarta.

In the meeting with Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, Singh appreciated Jakarta's leadership of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) this year.

"The two ministers took stock of the bilateral defence relationship and re-committed to further strengthen cooperation, particularly in the maritime domain," the defence ministry said.

"They also reviewed the regular exchanges in the form of training, staff talks and exercises, and discussed avenues for promotion of defence industry collaboration," it said.

It said Singh and Vietnamese National Defence Minister General Phan Van Giang reviewed the progress in the implementation of the 'Joint Vision Statement on India-Vietnam Defence Partnership'.

The Joint Vision Statement was signed during Singh's visit to Vietnam in June 2022.

"They committed to work together for the deepening of the multifaceted bilateral defence ties, spanning across a wide spectrum covering training, capacity building, defence industry cooperation, UN peacekeeping, bilateral ship visits and exercises," the ministry said in a statement.

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