|President Trần Đại Quang and spouse arrived in India yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sáng
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s President Trần Đại Quang, his spouse, and a high-level delegation arrived in New Delhi on Friday for a three-day State visit to India at the invitation of India President Ram Nath Kovind.
This marks the first time President Quang has visited India since assuming office. Accompanied President Quang on the visit will be Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyễn Chí Dũng, Minister of Commerce and Industry Trần Tuấn Anh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường, and Deputy Minister of Defence Nguyễn Chí Vịnh.
The visit takes place at a time when the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Việt Nam and India has been developing extensively, especially since the establishment of a bilateral strategic partnership in 2007 and the elevation of ties to comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016 as the two countries prepares to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic ties and 10 years of strategic partnership in 2017.
It affirms Việt Nam’s consistent external policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification of international ties, including attaching importance to the friendship with India – all in the purpose of boosting political trust, bringing benefits for the two countries’ peoples, for stability and prosperity in the region and around the world.
India is currently among the top 10 economic partners of Việt Nam, with bilateral trade hitting US$7.5 billion in 2017 and recording an average growth of 16 per cent per year in the 2008-13 period. By the end of November 2017, there were 168 Indian projects in Việt Nam, with total registered capital of US$756 million. Việt Nam currently invests in seven projects worth $6.15 million in India. — VNS