Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh on
August 12 hosted a reception for an Indian delegation led by Pallab Sengupta,
Politburo member of the Communist Party of India and General Secretary of
the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO).
At the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Sengupta and his entourage are in Vietnam to attend
the 10th Vietnam-India People’s Friendship Festival.
At the meeting, Thinh spoke highly of the role of
people-to-people exchange in enhancing the friendship between the two
countries, and lauded efforts by the Vietnam Union of Friendship
Organisations, the Vietnam-India Friendship Association and the AIPSO in
organising the festival.
The official expressed her hope that these
organisations will make more contributions to materialising the
Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership, and consolidating and
developing the bilateral friendship and cooperation.
Vietnam and India became strategic partners in 2007
and elevated their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership in
2016, Thinh noted, adding that India is one of Vietnam’s 10 biggest trade
partners while Vietnam is one of the top priority partners in India’s Act
East policy. She also expressed her delight at the all-round development of
the bilateral friendship.
In reply, Sengupta said the bilateral cooperation is
developing fruitfully in all spheres, ranging from economy, trade and
investment to national defence and security, science, education, culture,
tourism and agriculture.
India always attaches importance to relations with
Vietnam, the guest said, expressing his hope that the two countries will
step up people-to-people exchange in the time ahead in order to enhance
solidarity and equality, and create favourable conditions for cultural and