The 2nd Special Course for Diplomats from Vietnam is being held virtually from the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service (SSIFS), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi from 11-12 May 2021. Fifty-one (51) diplomats are participating in the programme who would be joining in from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV).
The programme was jointly inaugurated on 11 May 2021 by Amb. J.S. Mukul, Dean (SSIFS) and the Vice President of DAV, Amb. Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan. During the two-day programme, senior officers from the MEA and retired Ambassadors would be addressing the diplomats on some core aspects of Indian foreign policy and its relations with Vietnam and ASEAN.
Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SSIFS, MEA, India and DAV, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam was signed on 25 August 2020. So far, 79 diplomats from Vietnam have participated in courses for foreign diplomats conducted by SSIFS including the flagship Professional Course for Foreign Diplomats (PCFD), Special Courses for Diplomats from ASEAN, ASEM, country-specific special courses for Vietnam and the thematic Disarmament & International Security Fellowship Programme.
India-Vietnam relations which have been exceptionally close and friendly, have their historical roots in the common struggle for liberation from foreign rule and the national struggle for independence. Vietnam is an important regional partner in South East Asia. India and Vietnam closely cooperate in various regional forums such as ASEAN, East Asia Summit, Mekong Ganga Cooperation, Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) besides the UN and WTO. In 2016, during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Vietnam, bilateral relations were further elevated to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”.
11 May 2021