National Assembly Chairman Discusses Development of Relations with Indian Leaders
NA Chairman holds talks with Indian lower house leader
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue held talks with Speaker of the Lok Sabha (House of Representatives) of India Om Birla on December 16 during his official visit to India.
At the talks, the Indian lower house leader hailed the significance of NA Chairman Hue’s visit as the two countries mark the 50th anniversary of their friendship and five years of their comprehensive strategic partnership. He said the visit provides an opportunity for high-ranking leaders of the two countries to discuss measures to further deepen their multi-faceted relations. He affirmed that Vietnam has a leading important role in India’s Act East Policy, and is a key partner in the Indo-Pacific vision of India.
The Vietnamese NA Chairman affirmed that Vietnam always considers India a reliable close friend, and expressed his joy at the strong development of the five-year comprehensive strategic partnership in all fields, particularly politics-diplomacy, defence-security, trade, culture and people-to-people exchange.
He proposed that the two countries continue to work closely together to implement the plan of actions for 2021-2023, thus bringing practical benefits to the Governments and people of both countries.
Hue took the occasion to thank India for its valuable support for Vietnam in the Covid-19 fight, particularly the provision of medical supplies during the fourth resurgence of the pandemic in Vietnam. He asked India to continue cooperating with Vietnam in transferring vaccine production technology.
|NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (front row, fourth right) and Indian lower house speaker Om Birla at the talks (Photo: VNA)|
The NA Chairman welcomed Indian enterprises’ investment in Vietnam in fields of India’s strength such as manufacturing-processing, automobile support industry, information and communication technology, and energy and renewable energy.
The two legislative leaders agreed to coordinate to well organize practical and meaningful activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relationship in 2022. They assessed that defense-security cooperation continues to be among the important pillars of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, which reflects the high level of trust between the two countries.
They showed joy at the rapid growth of bilateral trade at nearly 20 percent a year over the past five years. The two sides shared the need to early resume direct air services between the two countries and recognize each other’s vaccine passports in order to enhance exchanges between their people. They discussed measures to strengthen ties in culture, tourism, people-to-people exchange, natural resources and the environment, justice, and finance.
The two legislative leaders showed delight at the close coordination and mutual support between the two countries at regional and international forums, UN agencies, the Non-aligned Movement, and the UN Security Council, especially in 2021 when both countries are non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.
They affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, and maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the South China Sea while reiterating support for promoting dialogue, trust-building, self-restraint, and the settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
National Assembly Chairman visits Indian Parliament House, Library of Congress
On the morning of December 16, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation visited the Indian Parliament House, the Library of Congress, and had a quick meeting with the Speaker of the Indian House of Representatives Om Birla.
Vuong Dinh Hue visited a number of outstanding architectural works, including the National Congress museum, which displays important legislative documents of India. The delegation visited the Library of Congress, which was established in 1921.
In the quick meeting between Vuong Dinh Hue and Om Birla, the Speaker of the Indian House of Representatives welcomed Hue's official visit to India, emphasizing the visit has important meanings in promoting the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in the new period.
|Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue (R) meets with General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) D. Raja (Photo: VNA)|
Top legislator meets leaders of India’s political parties
Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue met with leaders of political parties in India on December 16, as part of his official visit to the South Asian nation. During his meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) D. Raja, NA Chairman Hue underlined that the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) always highly values Vietnam-India ties, especially the relations with the CPI.
In reply, D. Raja affirmed to support and solidarity with Vietnam, stressing that in the current period, it is important to bolster cooperation between the two Parties.
The two sides discussed international and regional issues of mutual concern, including the East Sea issue. They agreed that disputes in the East Sea must be resolved by peaceful measures in accordance with international law, notably the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
|NA Chairman Hue (R) receives General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) Sitaram Yechury (Photo: VNA)|
Receiving General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) Sitaram Yechury, the NA Chairman said that the CPV and the CPI-M have nurtured a traditional, close-knit and trustful friendship, voicing his hope that the Indian political party will continue to support the development of the bilateral relations, according to VNA.
For his part, Yechury said the CPI-M has and will call on other political parties in India to step up relations with Vietnam. The top legislator took the occasion to invite Yechury to visit Vietnam, which the latter accepted with pleasure.
|NA Chairman Hue (R) meets with a leader of the Indian National Congress (Photo: VNA)|
On the same day, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue received Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of the Opposition of Rajya Sabha, a member of the Indian National Congress.
Vuong Dinh Hue thanked the affection and contributions of the party to the liberation and development of Vietnam. Regardless of which party is in power, the Indian National Congress keeps its view on strengthening cooperation with Vietnam.
Hue suggested that the leaders of the party continue to support the promotion of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to a new height, meeting the aspirations and wishes of the people.
Mallikarjun Kharge warmly welcomed Hue's official visit to India. He affirmed that the visit was of great significance as the two countries are preparing for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. He said the party had always supported Vietnam and highly appreciated the achievements that Vietnam has reached under the leadership of the Communist Party.
|NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue pays floral tribute to India's national hero Mahatma Gandhi. (Photo: VNA)|
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and his entourage paid floral tribute to India's national hero Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat Memorial in New Delhi on December 16 as part of his official visit to India.
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and the delegation also visited Ho Chi Minh Boulevard, one of the largest boulevards in New Delhi with nearly 6 km in length and is accompanied by major avenues named after Nelson Mandela - President of South Africa, and Olaf Palmer, former Swedish Prime Minister.
The fact that India named President Ho Chi Minh for a large avenue in the middle of New Delhi is a gesture of great political significance, showing the respect of the Indian government and people for Uncle Ho and the close friendship between the two countries.
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