State President receives Indian Speaker of Lower House
09:10 | 05/03/2018

VGP – State President Tran Dai Quang separately hosted receptions for Speaker of the Lower House of India’s Parliament Sumitra Mahajan, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and former President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on March 3.

State President Tran Dai Quang (R) and  Speaker of the Lower House of India’s Parliament Sumitra Mahajan - Photo: VNA

At the reception, State President Quang proposed the legislative agencies of Viet Nam and India beef up cooperation, especially organizing mutual high-level visits, strengthening exchanges between their committees, parliamentary friendship groups, and people’s friendship organizations.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan expressed her impression of Viet Nam’s attainments in national development. She said she will continue cooperating closely with the National Assembly of Viet Nam to help tighten bilateral connections. 

Meeting with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Vietnamese leader congratulated India on its diplomatic achievements while highly valuing the two foreign ministries’ role in bolstering their countries’ ties.

He asked the Indian ministry to promote high-ranking visits between the countries, maintain bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and speed up the signing of cooperation documents and implementation of the signed agreements by Indian ministries and sectors. 

Minister Swaraj said her country welcomes President Quang’s State visit, which she said demonstrates the traditional friendship between the two countries. She pledged to work with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foster bilateral relations.

At the meeting with former President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi, State President Quang said that Viet Nam and India boast a long-standing friendship, which was founded by late President Ho Chi Minh and late PM Jawaharlal Nehru and has been nurtured by generations of the countries’ leaders and people.

"Viet Nam always keeps in mind the precious assistance that the Indian people, including the Indian National Congress, gave to its struggle for national liberation in the past and the national development at present," she said, asking the party to continue supporting the Viet Nam-Indian comprehensive strategic partnership.

Later on March 3, President Quang and his spouse attended the opening ceremony of the Vietnamese culture days in India. The event is part of a series of activities marking the 45th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. It is also an activity concluding the Viet Nam-India Friendship Year 2017./.   

By Khanh Phuong 



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