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PM Narendra Modi to visit Vietnam and China; to attend G20 summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving for a four-day two-nation tour today. The PM is scheduled to visit Vietnam and China and will reach Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Friday night, where he will meet President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The PM will be discussing key areas of defence, security and trade, and oil exploration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving for a four-day two-nation tour today. The PM is scheduled to visit Vietnam and China and will reach Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Friday night, where he will meet President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The PM will be discussing key areas of defence, security and trade, and oil exploration.

Talking to media, Secretary (East), External Affairs Ministry, on Thursday, Preeti Saran said, "Vietnam is India's important strategic partner and the visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, including defence, security and trade."

When asked about the possibility of India committing to supply the BrahMos missile system to Vietnam, Saran, without confirming anything said, "Defence and strategic partnership with Vietnam more recently has covered defence procurement. Defence and security cooperation with Vietnam is very robust and it includes areas like counter-terrorism, trans-national crimes."

Giving a boost to the cultural partnership of the two countries, the bilateral agenda will include archaeological support to Vietnam to safeguard the Cham temples of the country.

The Prime Minister will visit China to attend the G20 summit on September 4 and 5. The delegation for G 20 will include Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya.

"During the visit, India will take up issues like cross-border mobility of professionals, terror financing, tax evasion and reduction in remittance transaction cost among others," said Secretary (West) Sujata Mehta.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to have bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Barack Obama during the summit.

After attending the BRICS leader's meet, the PM will return to India on September 5.       

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