The affirmation was made by Indian Minister of External Affairs K. Natwar Singh during his talks with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien during Nien's official visit to India from Apr. 1-4.
At the talks, the two FMs discussed measures to further enhance the two countries' cooperation and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
They worked on ways to boost economic cooperation with the aim of raising two-way trade value to 1 billion USD in 2006 and preparing for the establishment of a comprehensive economic cooperation framework between the two countries.
They agreed to increase bilateral coordination in implementing the agreements reached at the 12th meeting of the Viet Nam-India intergovernmental Cooperation Committee last October, and the 2004-06 action programme.
The two sides also agreed to boost coordination at multilateral forums within the framework of the United Nations, the cooperation between ASEAN and South Asia, the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Training and cooperation between the two countries' foreign ministries were also discussed in the talks.
During his visit, FM Nien was received by President Abdul Kalam, held a working session with Minister of Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath, and met with President of the Indian People's Party L. K. Advani, Indian businessmen and representatives of the India-Viet Nam Friendship Association.
The Indian leaders all expressed desires to bolster their country's traditional friendship and cooperation with Viet Nam.
FM Nien left India on Apr. 4 for Pakistan for a meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, a forum for 26 countries from East and West Asia.