Hanoi marks 40th anniversary of Vietnam-India relations

A conference titled “Vietnam-India Strategic Partnership: Future Orientation” was held in Hanoi on July 17, to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 5th anniversary of a   strategic partnership between the two countries.

Deputy PM, Nguyen Thien Nhan, and the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam, Ranjit Rae, along with researchers and representatives of many business enterprises from both the countries attended the conference.

The traditional friendship between the two nations was fostered by President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Over the past years, Vietnam-India economic trade and investment cooperation has developed strongly, as a result that in the first six months of 2012 the total trade turnover reached US$ 1.89 billion.

Participants at the conference submitted their proposals for enhancing a greater strategic partnership between Vietnam and India; increasing exchange visits at all levels; improving national security and defense; building a joint trade committee; and setting up scientific-technological parks in Vietnam.

They also discussed regional and international issues as well as the emerging security structure in Asia-Pacific region.

By P.Trung – Translated by Kim Khanh

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