On the evening of January 16, Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City welcomed the Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, at the Reunification Palace on his official visit to Vietnam.
|Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan (R) shakes hand with Vice President of the Republic of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari|
At the meeting, visiting Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari praised Ho Chi Minh City as a dynamic and growing city with great potential for cooperation in economics, trade, culture and education.
Talking with Chairman Le Hoang Quan, Mr. Ansari said his visit aims to review the 2012 Vietnam-India Friendship Year and boost the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Ansari expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s policies to fight poverty, improve education and social welfare.
On his part, Chairman Quan said he believes Mr. Ansari’s visit will further enhance Vietnam-India strategic partnership, and pledged to do his utmost to consolidate the two countries’ traditional ties.
Mr. Quan also informed his guest of the successful operations of more than 50 Indian business representative offices in HCMC, which he stressed, has built a bridge between HCMC and India.
Both sides shared the common view of the need of a direct air route connecting the two countries especially between HCMC and Mumbai, as the air route is critical to the increase of bilateral exchange in economics, trade, investment, culture and tourism.