India, Vietnam strengthen defense partnership

India and Vietnam have signed a defense agreement to boost their military cooperation.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held bilateral talks with his Vietnamese counterpart, Phan Van Giang, on Wednesday. Singh is on a three-day visit to the country.

The agreement is expected to facilitate mutual access to military facilities and the exchange of fuel and provisions.
The two sides also arranged an early extension of defense credit to Vietnam worth half a billion dollars.

India and Vietnam share a strategic partnership, with defense cooperation a key pillar of their Indo-Pacific vision.
Both countries have territorial disputes with China -- India in the Himalayas, and Vietnam in the South China Sea.