Defence, Security High On Agenda As PM Modi Visits Vietnam: 10 Points

Hanoi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc for what was described as a tete-a-tete this morning before they hold formal talks in Hanoi.
Here are the 10 latest developments:

PM Modi landed in Vietnam late last evening in the first visit by an Indian premier in 15 years. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had visited the country in 2001.
During PM Modi’s two-day visit, India and Vietnam will sign more than 10 agreements in sectors like defence, health and space. The Prime MInister will also meet Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.
The Prime Minister will pay homage to national heroes and martyrs at monuments this morning before holding bilateral talks. Prime Minister Phuc will host PM Modi at a banquet lunch after the talks.
Indian businessmen in Vietnam said they hope PM Modi’s visit will strengthen trade ties between the two countries, with a focused and structured approach to reach a target of 15 billion dollars by 2020.
PM Modi leaves on Saturday evening for the Chinese city of Hangzhou, where the G20 summit is being held.
On Sunday, PM Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit.
It will be their first meeting after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent in June, where PM Modi had urged China to make a “fair and objective” assessment of India’s application for membership to the xx-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group.
PM Modi will meet US President Barack Obama on Monday, September 5.
In Hangzhou, PM Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with the premiers of Australia, Saudi Arabia and Argentina. He will meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May for the first time since she took charge in July.
Before the G 20 summit begins on Sunday, PM Modi will attend a meeting of the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. PM Modi returns to India on September 5 and two days later will leave for Vientiane, Laos, for two summits.

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