The visit, made at the invitation of the Indian Government and in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding inked between the two sides in 2013, aimed to promote relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and political parties in India. Besides, it is expected to boost the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations across the fields of politics, security – defence, economy – trade, culture and tourism.
The Vietnamese delegation in a meeting with Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs Vijay Thakur Singh (Photo: VNA)
During their stay, the delegation paid a courtesy visit to General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ram Madhav, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) Doraisamy Raja, and representatives of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). In addition, they had meetings with Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri Piyush Goyal and Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs Vijay Thakur Singh.
At the events, the Vietnamese delegation thanked the Indian Government, political parties and people for supporting Vietnam in the struggle for independence in the past, and the current national construction. They called on the Indian side to be more active in supporting Vietnam’s stance in the East Sea issue, and find a suitable place to put up President Ho Chi Minh’s statue in New Delhi.
The Vietnamese side suggested India remove bottlenecks in the bilateral trade, including India’s restriction of importation of materials for incense stick making and anti-dumping investigation on several Vietnamese products, among others.
The Indian side, for its part, expressed wishes to enhance relations with the Vietnamese Party and Government, and described Vietnam as a top priority in India’s Look East Policy.
They said delegation exchange through the MoU will create a trustworthy political basis to develop the comprehensive strategic partnership in a deeper and more practical fashion.
The Vietnamese delegation also visited some cultural and historical relic sites in India to learn experiences in preservation and restoration work as well as tourism development./.