Prime Minister informed the media that his government had, after taking office in May, "quickly increased our engagement in the Asia-Pacific region as this area is very important to India".

Modi added, Vietnam had been accorded high priority in the region. PM Modi was speaking in the presence of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung.

Saying this was the Vietnamese leader's third visit to India, PM Modi described it as the former's desire for strong relations with New Delhi."India and Vietnam have ancient spiritual relations," added the PM.

Earlier Modi gave a ceremonial welcome to his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, who is on a two-day official visit to India.

Modi welcomed Dung and his wife Tran Thanh Kiem at Rashtrapati Bhavan with a guard of honour, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.

Dung began his India visit by touching down at Bodh Gaya in Bihar Monday. He is accompanied by a 50-member business delegation.Modi also met the Vietnamese delegation.