A Nhan Dan reporter’s recap

Boosting trusted and warm Vietnam-India relations

Monday, 2016-12-12 11:18:40
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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan welcomed at Palam Airport in New Delhi, India. (Credit: qdnd.vn)
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NDO – Nhan Dan newspaper reporter Van Nghiep Chuc, who accompanied National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on her recently-concluded official visit to India, reviewed the top legislator’s activities in the southern Asian country as well as the outcomes of the visit.

The first official visit to the Republic of India lasting for four days made by NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan carries important implications. The visit has contributed to deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and promoted deeper ties between the two legislative bodies in the context of deeper regional and global integration.

During the visit, the Vietnamese top legislator held talks and meetings with Indian leaders in an atmosphere of sincerity and mutual trust. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and the Vietnamese high-ranking official delegation visited the Indian Parliament Building and attended a session of Lok Sabha (Lower House) and Rajya Sabha (Upper House) as observers.

Expressing his pleasure to welcome Comrade Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Sitaram Yechury affirmed that in India, not only the CPI-M but also other parties are very keen on strengthening relations with Vietnam.

He said he believed that the visit to India made by Comrade Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan along with many high-level contributed to promoting the warm and united relations between the two countries and the two peoples.

At such meetings and talks, Indian leaders and the country’s political parties congratulated Vietnam on the achievements gained during the country’s innovation and reform process, expressing their belief that such renovation efforts would help the Southeast Asian country further develop.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Speaker of India’s Lower House Sumitra Mahajan. (Credit: VNA)

Speaker of India’s Lower House Sumitra Mahajan praised Vietnam’s development achievements, the country of President Ho Chi Minh, whom Indian people always love and respect.

Lower House Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stressed that the two countries have a long history of relations and that bilateral relations between the two are increasingly growing. The two countries share many common values, such as democratic values and openness, therefore the two nations are partners of one another not only in the region but also at other international forums. She also said that relations between the two countries in the fields of economy and trade also have further potentials for stronger growth.

The most memorable thing for the Vietnamese delegation during the stay in India, which has a population of over 1.3 billion people, was the similarities and mutual understanding between India and Vietnam.

The Vietnam-India traditional friendship was deeply rooted via historic meetings and exchanges on culture, religion and commerce nearly 2,000 years ago. Champa civilisation’s relics at My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the development of Buddhism in Vietnam are symbol of acculturation and religious interference between the two countries.

On the first day in India’s capital city of New Delhi, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan visited and met with the Vietnamese community in India. Most Venerable Thich Hanh Chanh, President of Representatives of Vietnamese monks and followers in India, along with monks and nuns, the Vietnam Embassy’s officials and staff, students and Vietnamese expatriates in India warmly welcomed the visiting delegation.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Credit: quochoi.vn)

The message delivered by the NA leader at the meeting stressed that Indian culture and civilisation has come to Vietnam in the path of peace, bringing along with it profound human values which are still alive today. It is also what Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared when he visited Vietnam last September, saying that the invaders who brought wars to Vietnam were swept out of the country but Indian Buddhism and its peaceful thought, humanity and humanistic philosophy will always remain in Vietnam.

On the occasion, the high-level Vietnamese delegation visited and offered flowers at the monument to the outstanding leader of the Indian people, Mahatma Gandhi, a great Indian statesman and philosopher and one of the world's great men admired by millions of people.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan remarked that the Vietnamese people admire the great career of Mahatma Gandhi, an outstanding leader of the people of India and an unyielding soldier struggling for the national liberation movement around the world. His ideals, thoughts and soul are everlasting symbols and sources of inspiration for the peoples of India, Vietnam and around the world.

VAN NGHIEP CHUC