President Quang meets senior officials of India

VOV.VN - President Tran Dai Quang on March 3 met with 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 as part of his three-day State visit to the South Asian nation.

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Meeting with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, President Quang suggested the two law making bodies to advance cooperation, especially conducting mutual high-level visits, promote exchanges between their committees, parliamentary friendship groups, and people’s friendship organizations.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she is impressed with Vietnam’s national development achievements while affirming her efforts to cooperate closely with the National Assembly of Vietnam to help tighten bilateral ties.

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At the meeting with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj,  the Vietnamese State leader congratulated India on its diplomatic achievements and hailed two foreign ministries’ role in boosting ties between the two nations.

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

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

Talking to former President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi, President Quang noted that both nations have enjoyed long-standing friendship, which was founded by late President Ho Chi Minh and late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and has been nurtured by generations of the countries’ leaders and people.

"Vietnam always bears in mind the valuable assistance the Indian people, including the Indian National Congress, gave to its past struggles for national liberation and the current national development ," she said.

She also asked the party to continue backing the Vietnam-Indian comprehensive strategic partnership, adding that the Indian National Congress always treasures and supports the time-tested friendship between the two countries.

Later on March 3, President Quang and his wife attended the opening ceremony of the Vietnamese culture days in India. The event is part of  a host of activities marking the 45th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.