India, Vietnam to hold combat exercise next year

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    NEW DELHI: As part of the overall strategy to build strong defence ties with Asean countries, India will conduct a joint combat exercise with Vietnam as well as help in training its military personnel in information technology and English language skills.

    "Armies of India and Vietnam will have joint training in mountain and jungle warfare, probably in the specialised counter-insurgency and jungle warfare school in Vairengte (Mizoram), next year," said an official on Tuesday.

    The initiative comes following defence minister A K Antony's talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Gen Phung Quang Thanh after the conclusion of the "Asean defence ministers-plus meet" in Hanoi.

    Antony said, Vietnam "occupies a strategic position in India's policy priorities", both bilaterally as well as under its "Look East" policy. Gen Thanh, in turn, said India had "a special position" in Hanoi's foreign policy framework.

    Officials said the two countries will also work towards developing cooperation among defence institutes and establishing linkages for sharing experiences and knowledge.

    Apart from Indian warships making port of calls in Vietnam, New Delhi has also been supplying some spares to the country for its fleet of Russian warships and missile boats.

    India, Vietnam to hold combat exercise next year - The Times of India

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