India, Vietnam Plan Joint Army Training

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India last week announced a host of measures to expand its defense ties with VietNam, including joint training of armies and support to strengthen and upgrade the capabilities of the Vietnamese armed forces.

“New Delhi will provide support to Viet Nam to enhance and upgrade the capabilities of services in general and navy in particular,” said Sitanshu Kar, defense ministry spokesman. His comments followed a meeting in Ha Noi between Defense Minister A.K. Antony and high-ranking Vietnamese officials.

Antony assured the Vietnamese leadership that India “will help VietNam in its capacity building for repair and maintenance of its platforms.”

“The armies of the two countries will also cooperate in areas like IT and English training of Vietnamese army personnel,” Kar said.

He said the two armies also would undergo joint training in mountain and jungle warfare in India next year. “The two sides will work toward developing cooperation among defense institutes and establishing linkages for sharing experience and knowledge,” Kar said.

Antony also offered assistance to Vietnamese forces in United Nations peacekeeping operations, Kar said.