Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Holds Seminar To Boost Bilateral Ties

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Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Holds Seminar To Boost Bilateral Ties
Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations. (Photo: Tuan Viet)

To mark the 76th National Day of Vietnam, the Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee held a virtual seminar on "Indo-Vietnam Strategic Partnership: The Imperative Need of the Hour" on Sept. 2.

The event welcomed Pham Sanh Chau, Vietnam Ambassador to India; Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO); Ha Minh Hue, Executive Vice-President of Vietnam-India Friendship Association; members of the Indo-Vietnam Solidary Committee (IVSC)' and scholars and journalists from both countries.

Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Holds Seminar To Boost Bilateral Ties
Kusum Jain, Secretary-General of Indo-Vietnam Vietnam Solidarity Committee. (Photo: Tuan Viet)

Speaking at the event, Kusum Jain, Secretary-General of Indo-Vietnam Vietnam Solidarity Committee mentioned the need to strengthen people-to-people contact through activities such as cultural events, seminars, festivals. The prime ministers of the two countries have expressed confidence in Vietnam-India's partnership, which is based on shared values, mutual understandings and trust, she said.

In her remark, Nguyen Phuong Nga thanked the IVSC for organizing the seminar and various activities to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day. Over the past 76 years, under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Vietnamese people have overcome hardships and recorded victories in the struggle for freedom, national independence, reunification, defense of the country’s sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and the people’s happiness.

Nga said: "We always treasure and are grateful to the whole-hearted support of the Indian friends to the legitimate struggle for national independence and reunification of Viet Nam in the past as well as to our cause of national construction and defense nowadays, which has been demonstrated vividly by the famous slogan “Tomar Nam Vietnam, Amar Nam Vietnam (Your name is Vietnam, My name is Vietnam)."

Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Holds Seminar To Boost Bilateral Ties
At the meeting. (Photo: Tuan Viet)

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga said the Vietnamese and Indian people had shared a long-lasting friendship, dating back to 2000 years ago with cultural exchanges and the introduction of Buddhism and Hinduism from India to Vietnam. It has been nurtured and continuously developed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, President Ho Chi Minh, and succeeding generations of leaders and peoples of two countries and become a special relationship “as clear as a sky without a single string of cloud.”

Since the establishment of full diplomatic relations on Jan. 7, 1972, bilateral relations have developed in depth and in all fields including economy, trade, investment, defense and security, science and technology, culture, education, and people-to-people exchanges. Nga stressed that the Vietnam-Indian comprehensive strategic partnership was based on traditional friendship, historical and cultural similarities, mutual understanding, and trust.

The two countries stand side-by-side in the most difficult time, supporting each other to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. Nguyen Phuong Nga thanked the government and the people of India for supporting Vietnam to cope with the pandemic.

In the context of global rapid changes and complicated challenges, the two countries need to enhance cooperation in all fields in line with the Plans of Action to implement the two countries’ Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for the 2021 – 2023 period with a view to realizing “The Vietnam – India Joint Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity, and People” adopted by two countries leaders in December last year.

Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Holds Seminar To Boost Bilateral Ties
IVSC held a tribute at the Ho Chi Minh monument in Kolkata city to celebrate Vietnamese National Day. (Photo: IVSC)

People-to-people exchanges and practical activities of two countries’ friendship organizations have played an active role in developing bilateral relations. The VUFO president thanked the IVSC for its meaningful activities and believed that the committee would cooperate with VUFO to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and India.

Nguyen Phuong Nga said that the people organizations would work more closely to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between two countries, thus contributing to the promotion of peace and prosperity in the world.

Delegates, including scholars, researchers, journalists both from Vietnam and India agreed that Vietnam-India relations had reached many important milestones, and had opportunities for further development to promote regional and international peace, prosperity and stability.

Earlier that day, the IVSC sent a congratulatory letter to VUFO and held a tribute at the Ho Chi Minh monument in Kolkata city to celebrate Vietnamese National Day.

The India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee was born in 1974 and is headquartered in Calcutta, West Bengal State, India. It was established to promote the traditional friendship between India and Vietnam. Since its establishment, the committee has held many activities to promote friendship and cooperation with Vietnam.

Geetesh Sharma, the Late President of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee in West Bengal and a good friend of Vietnam was posthumously awarded the Order of Friendship by the Vietnam Embassy in India for his contributions to Vietnam-India relations.

Indo-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Holds Seminar To Boost Bilateral Ties
Geetesh Sharma was posthumously awarded the Order of Friendship by the Vietnam Embassy in India. (Photo: IVSC)
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