HCM City (VNA) – The 73rd anniversary of India’s
Independence Day (August 15) was marked in a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on
President of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association of
HCM City Huynh Thanh Lap (L) hands over a souvenir to Sri Pallab Sengupta,
General Secretary of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation at the
event (Photo: VNA)
Addressing the event, President of the Vietnam-India
Friendship Association of HCM City Huynh Thanh Lap underlined that Vietnam
and India have shared long-standing traditional relations originated from
trade, cultural and art exchanges, and religious ties.
The bilateral ties have been fostered by leaders of
the two nations, especially after Vietnam and India elevated their
relationship to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016, he
The countries have enjoyed sound relations in all
fields, including politics, economy, culture, science-technology, space
research, national defence, and security, Lap added.
For his part, Indian Consul General in HCM City
Srikar Reddy affirmed that Vietnam is one firm pillar in India’s Act East
The Vietnam-India cooperation is thriving on the
foundation of mutual trust, understanding and shared viewpoints in regional
and international issues.
The bilateral ties have been developing fruitfully
through visits of senior leaders and cooperation in investment, trade,
culture, tourism and education, he said.
The official noted that up to 1,000 scholars,
experts and officials in Vietnam’s southern localities have participated in
the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) in various fields.
The Indian Government has provided about 200
scholarships for Vietnam through the ITEC programme and 30 others via the
cultural exchange programme or the cultural scholarship programme each year.
Furthermore, direct air routes linking Hanoi with
Kolkata as well as Hanoi and HCM City with New Delhi are set to be launched
later this year, he added.-VNA