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President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Vietnam

President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Vietnam

India Blooms News Service | 14 Sep 2014, 08:35 pm
New Delhi, Sept 14 (IBNS): Indian Presidnet Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday commenced his four-day state visit to Vietnam during which he is scheduled to hold talks with the top leadership of that country.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his cabinet colleagues Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Thawar Chand Gehlot gave Mukherjee a warm farewell at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
 
Ahead of his visit, Mukherjee on Saturday said India considers Vietnam as an important pillar in our 'Look East Policy'.  
 
" We consider Vietnam as an important pillar in our Look East Policy.  Vietnam has been a strategic partner for India both within ASEAN and in the wider region. We deeply appreciate Vietnam’s support for India at all regional and international fora and look forward to further deepening this aspect of our cooperation," Mukherjee told Vietnamese News Agency prior to his state visit to Vietnam from Sunday. 
 
"With ASEAN integration acquiring momentum, we have deepened our regional interaction, stepped up initiatives to promote connectivity and expanded people-to-people links to enhance our role in the new era. I see India and Vietnam as partners, contributing to peace, prosperity and stability in the wider region," he said.
 
He said bilateral relationship between the two countries are excellent.
 
"Bilateral relations between India and Vietnam  are excellent.   They have never been better than what they are today.  Our Strategic Partnership, which was established in 2007, is now entering its eighth year of implementation.  In recent years, our relations have witnessed a continuous broadening and deepening in all aspects. Our relations are marked by strong mutual trust, understanding, support and a convergence of views on various regional and international issues. The foundation of friendship between India and Vietnam laid by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and President Ho Chi Minh has flourished over the years and has brought us to a high point today. In India, we have great admiration for the Vietnamese people, their fortitude, courage and for their determination to succeed against odds," Mukherjee said.
 
"I am confident that our mutual goodwill can be translated into further mutually beneficial cooperation, as there is immense potential for future cooperation. Moreover, our partnership is also beneficial to ASEAN and the region beyond. 
During my visit to Vietnam in the coming days, I look forward to strengthening this partnership through discussions with my counterpart, His Excellency President Truong Tan Sang and other leaders of Vietnam," he said.
 

President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Vietnam

India Blooms News Service
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