|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong begins a four-day visit to India today to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
The State visit is being made at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The visit signifies Viet Nam's desire to strengthen its close relationship with India and expand ties between the Vietnamese Party and Indian political parties, the two parliaments and people of both countries, officials said.
"The visit will definitely take the relationship to another level," Trong told the Press Trust of India. He said the foundations of the close relationship between the two countries were laid by late President Ho Chi Minh and late Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and built upon by succeeding leaders.
The visit will also strengthen pillars of the strategic partnership that the two countries established in 2007, Trong said, adding that the two countries have established good relations in all fields, including politics, economics, education, science, culture, defense and security.
"We can be pleased with the relationship between Viet Nam and India in the past years," Trong said, adding that India has the full potential to become Viet Nam's biggest trading partner.
Meanwhile, the Indian Government has said it considers Viet Nam a key component of its "Look East" policy. In addition to sharing a lot of similarities and mutual benefits, both nations also support each other on various issues at regional and multilateral forums, it said.
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said there remains significant potential for both countries to expand their ties.
This year, two-way trade has risen 40 percent, he said, expressing his belief that the figure will hit US$7 billion in 2015.
He also said the planned establishment of a direct flight between India and Viet Nam will be a considerable boost to bilateral economic relations, tourism and other exchange activities.
As of June this year, India ranked 30th of 101 nations and territories investing in Viet Nam. — VNS