Ho Chi Minh City hopes that India becomes one of its top partners and investors, so said Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee to India’s President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on March 14.
Mr. Hai is leading a high-ranking delegation to India from March 13 at the invitation of the President of the India-Vietnam Friendship Association, aimed to further increase ties between the two countries, and between the City and Indian community.
|Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai (R) shakes hand with India’s President Pranab Mukherjee (Photo: SGGP)|
Hai said he hopes President Mukherjee will continue to support the strengthening of cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and Indian communities to help improve friendship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and India.
President Mukherjee was delighted that the strategic partnership between the two countries has developed strongly in all fields, including politics, economics, security, defence, culture, education-training, and science-technology.
Mr. Le Thanh Hai stated that Vietnamese people always remember the warm sentiments and wholehearted support India gave to Vietnam during its past struggle for independence as well as the recent national defense and development cause.
President Mukherjee expressed his belief that Mr. Hai’s visit would boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The same day, Mr. Hai met with General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) Sudkhar Reddy to discuss ways to strengthen the exchange in Party operations, building and development.
He also met with the Chairman of the India-Vietnam Friendship Association. They agreed that the opening of a direct air route linking Ho Chi Minh City and India will help boost cooperation in trade, investment and tourism between the two countries.