India and Vietnam have signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement on 10 Dec 2016 in New Delhi. With this, Vietnam became 14th country with which India has signed the civil nuclear deal. The MoU in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy was signed by Sekhar Basu, Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy and Pham Cong Tac, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in New Delhi.
Details of agreements:
The two countries also signed three other agreements in the fields of energy, aviation and government cooperation. These agreements will enhance aviation links, cooperation in the area of energy efficiency and promotion of parliamentary cooperation between both countries. Vietnam also extended invitation to India to explore energy in South China Sea (SCS). It has urged India to intensify economic engagement with Southeast Asia, highlighting India’s importance as a regional power. It also supported India’s multilateral membership plans including UNSC.
The four pacts, aimed at boosting the relations, were signed here in presence of Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. And visiting President of Vietnam’s National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, after their talks on enhancing the ties.
Ngan, who is leading a Vietnamese parliamentary delegation, also met the Prime Minister. She said the agreement on cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy “will further strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Vietnam”.
He said that Ngan, as the first woman to head the National Assembly of Vietnam, is a source of inspiration to women across the world. Modi welcomed increased parliamentary interaction between India and Vietnam, and called for instituting an exchange programme for young parliamentarians of the two countries.
The civil nuclear agreement with Vietnam, an influential East Asian nation, comes close on the heels of India signing a similar pact with Japan.