President Trần Đại Quang, his spouse and entourage paid floral tribute to India’s national hero Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat Memorial in New Dehli on Saturday during the State visit to India. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng
Viet Nam News
NEW DELHI — Vietnamese President Trần Đại Quang met with his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Saturday evening as part of his three-day State visit to India.
President Kovind spoke highly of the ongoing visit to India by President Quang, his spouse and a high-ranking delegation of Việt Nam, saying that it helped to tighten the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.
President Quang thanked President Kovind, his spouse and the Indian people for their warm welcome and invited the Indian leader and his spouse to visit Việt Nam at a convenient time.
The two leaders stressed that Việt Nam and India have a time-honoured traditional relationship with a lot of historic and cultural similarities, the foundation for which was laid by late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and late President Hồ Chí Minh and has been nurtured by generations of leaders and peoples of both countries.
President Quang suggested both nations increase education among their younger generations about the bilateral relationship so that they could preserve and uphold the fine tradition.
Both host and guest noted with pleasure the strong development of the bilateral relations, especially in the fields of politics, defence-security, economy-trade, science-technology and culture-education.
The two Presidents agreed to further step up cooperation in these spheres and tap potential cooperation opportunities in the areas of energy, infrastructure, information technology and green and hi-tech agriculture, as well as economic, cultural and people-to-people connectivity.
Regarding economic-trade-investment cooperation, trade barriers will be reduced, making it easier for exports of the two countries to access each other’s market, towards lifting the bilateral trade to $15 billion by 2020.
The two sides highly valued symbolic cooperation projects such as Long Phú 2 thermal power plant in the Mekong Delta province of Sóc Trăng, wind and solar power projects in south central provinces, and talked the possibilities of setting up garment and textile industrial parks of India in Việt Nam. Việt Nam hopes India will continue to provide Việt Nam with technical, technological and financial assistance in the breakthrough fields of infrastructure and human resources development, and science-technique; and help Việt Nam improve its research and development capability, especially in bio-technology, health care, and application science, President Quang said.
President Trần Đại Quang (right) and spouse, together with their Indian counterparts, President Ram Nath Kovind and spouse, during the State reception held at the Indian Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Saturday morning. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng
The two countries will also work closely in an India-funded project to preserve and embellish the Mỹ Sơn relic site, as well as launching more tourism promotion activities, thus increasing the number of visitors to the respective country.
On the multilateral level, President Quang affirmed Việt Nam would cooperate closely with India to help the Central Asian country further bolster all-round ties with other ASEAN member nations, for the sake of both sides.
President Kovind highly evaluated Việt Nam’s important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and thanked Việt Nam for its efforts as a coordinator of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership for 2015-2018. He affirmed that India backs ASEAN’s centrality in the regional architectures.
The two sides agreed to continue supporting each other at regional and international forums. President Kovind reaffirmed that India backs Việt Nam’s bid to run for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-21 term and thanked Việt Nam for its commitment to supporting India’s candidacy for the post in the 2021-2022 term.
President Kovind asserted that India always treasures the principles of ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation, observing international law, settling disputes through peaceful measures on the basis of international law, not using or threatening to use force and respecting legitimate interests of medium and small nations in order to maintain peace and stability in the region.
The Indian President applauded the organisation of “Vietnamese Cultural Days in India” on the occasion of President Quang’s visit and thanked Việt Nam for its favourable conditions for the organisation of the International Yoga Day in Việt Nam.
Later in the day, President Trần Đại Quang, his spouse and entourage paid floral tribute to India’s national hero Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat Memorial.
On Saturday evening, President Ram Nath Kovind hosted a banquet in honour of President Trần Đại Quang, his spouse and the high-ranking delegation of Việt Nam. — VNS