|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (left) meets with Indian Speaker of the Lower House Meira Kumar in New Delhi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
NEW DELHI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said the Party of Viet Nam is delighted with the Communist Party of India (CPI)'s achievements in the country.
Meeting with General Secretary of the CPI Sudhakar Reddy yesterday, Trong also spoke highly of the Party's positive contributions to unity and friendship activities with Viet Nam.
Reddy agreed on guidelines to further foster, expand and deepen the two countries' relationship as well as strengthen the exchange of delegations, information and experience, and coordination between the two Parties at international forums.
Meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) Prakash Karat, the Vietnamese Party leader affirmed that Viet Nam prioritised developing ties with the country's political parties, including the CPI-M.
Trong also urged the CPI-M to continue supporting and contributing to deeper relations between the two countries.
Prakash Karat said he was committed to promoting the Viet Nam-India strategic partnership in future.
Received by Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Najma Heptullah,Trong stressed Viet Nam's hope to further deepen the strategic partnership in defence, security, economics and trade, and expand ties in culture, education, science and technology.
The BJP leader affirmed her Party's intention to strengthen the relationship with the Viet Nam's Communist Party.
On the same day, the Vietnamese Party leader also met with representatives from the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and many of the country's leading businesses.
He vowed to create favourable conditions for Indian investment in Viet Nam.
Trong also visited Mumbai city in the largest Indian state of Maharashtra.
He also met Indian Speaker of the Lower House Meira Kumar, affirming that Viet Nam saw India as a trustworthy friend in the region and attached importance to the strategic partnership with the country.
The Party chief briefed his host on the outcomes of talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during which the two leaders reached a consensus on measures to expand the strategic partnership.
Trong praised co-operation between the two legislative bodies, saying the Vietnamese National Assembly prioritised the relationship and opportunities to learn from the Indian Parliament.
The leaders also suggested coordinating to supervise the implementation of agreements reached by the two countries, while accelerating exchanges between parliamentarians.
They suggested the two legislatures sign a co-operative agreement and tighten their coordination at multilateral parliamentary forums.
Meira Kumar said Trong's visit to India mirrored close ties between the two countries, saying the visit was a milestone in promoting the Viet Nam-India strategic partnership.
She affirmed the importance of its relationship with Viet Nam, saying the country was an important part of its "Look East" policy, adding that her country would improve its relationship with Viet Nam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
She acknowledged closer cooperation between the two legislative bodies, praising Viet Nam's involvement in her country's training programmes.
Kumar also said she was optimistic that bilateral co-operation in education and training, tourism and culture would improve, saying agreements reached by the two countries, their links in politics, national defence and security, economics, trade and investment would strengthen in future. — VNS