HCM City marks 68th Republic Day of India

VOV.VN - On February 3, Ho Chi Minh City hosted a ceremony marking the 68th Republic Day of India (January 26) during which Smita Pant, Indian Consul General said her nation wants to further promote cooperation with the City in areas of shared concern.

India is keen to boost ties with HCM City by intensifying stronger cross-cultural exchange and enhancing business connectivity, she said while expressing her delight at the effective India- Vietnam partnership in politics, economy, culture, science-technology, culture and human resource development.

The collaboration has brought about interest to both peoples and contributed to the socio-economic growth of both nations, she said.

Congratulating Indian people on achievements they have recorded so far, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said that Vietnam and India share many similarities in history, culture and religion, and have enjoyed a sound traditional relationship that has been lifted up to comprehensive strategic partnership.

Liem noted that traditional friendship between India and Vietnam has added fresh impetus to broader cooperation in various fields, sectors and localities, benefiting the people of both countries.

As of the end of 2016, India has run 49 projects worth more than US$55 million in Ho Chi Minh City.

Last year's two-way trade reached nearly US$900 million, up 10% from a year earlier.