Modi calls on Communist Party of Vietnam chief

Hanoi, Sep 3 (IANS) Capping his visit to Vietnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called on General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong here.

“Final engagement for PM in this key visit is a call on Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party ,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with pictures of the two leaders.

Earlier in the day, Modi held delegation-level talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc following which the two sides signed 12 agreements while giving a strong boost to bilateral defence ties and upgrading the relationship from a Strategic Partnership to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership .

Following a luncheon banquet hosted in his honour by Phuc, Modi visited the Quan Su Pagoda, also known as the Ambassadors’ Pagoda, here.

He then called on Vietnam National Assembly Chairperson Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

He also met Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang who voiced his support for India’s Act East Policy.

Modi arrived here on Friday ahead of his visit to China to attend the G-20 Summit to be held on September 4-5.

This is the first bilateral prime ministerial visit from India to Vietnam in 15 years since the visit of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001.

–IANS

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