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HCM City’s Vietnam – India Friendship Association adds two new branches in 2019

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16:46 | 11/01/2020

A gathering was held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8 to mark the 71st anniversary of the Republic Day of India (January 26, 1950), the World Hindi Day (January 10), and the 30th anniversary of Vietnam – India Friendship Association in the city.

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The lamp-lighting ceremony before the gather. Photo: Minh Hiep/VNF

Speaking at the event, President of the HCM City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association, Huynh Thanh Lap emphasized the significance of the India’s Republic Day, when the Constitution of India with basic political principles took effect. He said India has become a power playing an important role in Asia and the world.

Since the establishment of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnerships in 2016, the Vietnam – India ties have been growing across politics, trade, culture, human resources and science-technology, he noted.

Through years, the two countries have proved that they are always reliable and sincere friends and have reaped immense attainments in trade, education, training and tourism.

According to him, the HCM City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO), the City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association and the Consulate General of India in HCM City successfully organized many diplomatic and political events, supported trade exchanges and served as a bridge connecting the two countries’ businesses over the past three decades.

In 2019, the HCM City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association established two new branches: HCMC University of Technology and Education and Pho Minh Pagoda.

Lap said the HUFO and the HCM City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association want to increase their coordination with the Indian Consulate General and the Indian Businesspeople Association in Vietnam to organize more cultural, artistic, people-to-people exchange and trade activities.

Indian Consul General in HCM City K. Srikar Reddy hailed Vietnam as a solid pillar in India’s Act East policy, saying that as Vietnam’s economic hub, HCM City has attracted many Indian businesspeople, traders and experts and hosted an array of political and diplomatic events, as well as cultural, religious and tourism exchanges between India and Vietnam.

He lauded the Association for holding political and diplomatic events, as well as exchanges, contributing to further intensifying the Vietnam – India ties in various areas.

The diplomat took the occasion to express thanks to the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) under the Vietnam National University – the only university in Vietnam to teach Hindi language, bringing India’s national language to Vietnamese students and enhancing cultural and education exchange between the two nations./.

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