Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and a high-level delegation arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Monday to begin a five-day state visit to Vietnam.
|City Chairman Le Hoang Quan (R) receives Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday (Photo: SGGP)|
Receiving Ms. Patil and her entourage, the chairman of the city People’s Committee, Le Hoang Quan, said Vietnam has always valued the Indian people’s friendship and valuable assistance to Vietnam during the war for independence and for rebuilding the country, national renewal, and economic development.
The delegation’s visit is expected to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in the fields of culture, trade and investment to match the excellent traditional friendship between the two countries and fulfill the enormous potential that exists in these areas, he said.
The city would always welcome Indians who come to Vietnam to do business, invest, or visit, he promised.
Mr. Quan praised the efforts of the Indian business community in HCM City to contribute to the city’s development.
Ms. Patil said she felt honored to receive a warm welcome from the city’s chairman and people.
Vietnam and India share traditional and historical ties spanning many centuries and a number of cultural similarities, she said.
This relationship would continue to develop and prove its durability and HCMC would play an important role in this, she said.
She expressed particular interest in the relationship between HCMC and its twin city in India, Mumbai, saying that the two cities provide the impetus for their nations’ economic development.
Vietnam and India are standing together on the threshold of prosperity and would cooperate closely to foster their strategic partnership, she added.
During the three-day visit to the city, President Patil and her delegation will attend a Vietnam-India business forum today, visit the Historical Museum, and enjoy a number of traditional Vietnamese arts performances.
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