Viet Nam, India to foster relationship

The Viet Nam-India Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh city wished to strengthen collaboration with the Consulate General of India in the city and the Indian Business Association in Viet Nam in organizing more cultural, art and people-to-people exchange programs, Huynh Thanh Lap, chairman of the association, said on January 25.
Viet Nam, India to foster relationship
Mr. Madan Mohan Sethi, Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City, spoke about Viet Nam-India relationship at the meeting. (Photo:VNA)

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 73th Republic Day of India (January 26, 1950-January 26, 2022), Lap said he hopes that they will work together to act as a bridge connecting businesses of both nations, contributing to deepening bilateral relations.

Since establishing diplomatic ties in 1972, the relationship between the two countries has gone through a long journey and reaped many great achievements. Currently, India is the 10th largest trading partner of Viet Nam. As of April last year, the South Asian country had invested in 299 projects with a total capital of 909.5 million USD, ranking 26th out of 126 countries and territories investing in Viet Nam.

Despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Viet Nam-India Friendship Association and its chapter in HCM City still sustained many people-to-people exchanges, business matching and trade promotion events last year, he said.

Indian Consul General to HCM City Madan Mohan Sethi said India and Viet Nam have a long traditional historical relationship which has been strengthened by the great leaders of the two countries and strong cooperative partnership in various fields. Viet Nam is a key pillar of India's Act East Policy and also an important partner in India's Indo-Pacific Vision. The two countries share similar views on common international issues.

He affirmed that this year the Consulate General of India will closely cooperate with the Viet Nam-India Friendship Association's municipal chapter to promote people-to-people exchange activities, thereby opening up greater opportunities, tapping the potential of both countries as well as tightening the friendship between the people of India and Ho Chi Minh City, thereby elevating bilateral ties to a new height.

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(Source: VNA)