Vietnam-India Joint Stamp Set Promotes Traditional Martial Arts
A set of joint postage stamps between Vietnam and India was released in Hanoi on October 16 to introduce the two countries’ cultures, VNA reported.
The stamps were jointly issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian Embassy in Vietnam, and the Vietnam Post Corporation.
|Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar jointly unveiled along with Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, the commemorative stamps celebrating 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Photo: VNA
The set consists of two 43x32mm stamps depicting Vovinam and Kalarippayattu, which are respectively traditional martial arts of Vietnam and India. They also feature an image of the combined flags of the two countries.
The stamp on Kalarippayattu was designed by Indian painter Brahma Prakash while the one on Vovinam by Vietnamese painter Pham Trung Ha.
The stamps are available on the postal network and offices from October 6, 2023, to June 30, 2025.
|Stamps depicting Kalaripayattu and Vovinam capture our shared affinity for sports and celebrate the strong cultural, social & people-to-people link. Photo: VNA
Hoang Bao Ngoc, deputy director of the MIC’s Department of Posts, said the launching of the joint stamps was a meaningful activity marking the development of the Vietnam - India friendship, cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, and comprehensive strategic partnership.
Vietnam and India officially set up diplomatic relations on January 7, 1972, and upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016.
On January 25, 2018, a set of joint postage stamps was also launched by the Vietnamese MIC and the Indian Ministry of Communications to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic ties, the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership, and the first anniversary of the comprehensive strategic partnership.
The same day, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar co-chaired the 18th meeting of the Vietnam-India Joint Committee for Economic, Trade, Science and Technology Cooperation in Hanoi.
At the meeting, the two sides comprehensively reviewed and assessed the bilateral relations since the 17th meeting in August 2020 and the implementation of the action plan on the Vietnam - India comprehensive strategic partnership for the 2021-2023 period.
The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of delegations and meetings at all levels between the two countries, maintain the effective implementation of existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and soon put into operation the dialogue mechanism on economic diplomacy at the deputy foreign minister level.
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