President Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosts Indian Ambassador Pranay Verma

Update: 06:00 | 07/09/2021
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 6 received Indian Ambassador to Viet Nam Pranay Verma, with their discussion focusing on the promotion of bilateral cooperation.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosts Indian Ambassador Pranay Verma
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Indian Ambassador to Viet Nam Pranay Verma at their meeting. (Photo: VNA)

At the reception, Phuc thanked the Indian Government for supporting Viet Nam with oxygen generators and medical devices. He asked the ambassador to urge the Indian Government to give Viet Nam an emergency loan of 10 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the near future along with the further provision of COVID-19 treatment drugs, equipment, and supplies.

He asked the diplomat to pay attention to boosting the nations’ cooperation, particularly in maintaining and increasing all-level interactions and people-to-people exchange and promoting the implementation of their existing collaboration mechanisms such as the Viet Nam-India Joint Commission on Economic, Commercial, Scientific and Technological Cooperation and face-to-face/virtual political consultation.

Viet Nam and India need to work together in organising meaningful activities to mark the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and in boosting the realisation of a Plan of Action for their comprehensive strategic partnership in the 2021-2023 period, Phuc added.

The President also suggested promoting cooperation in defence-security, cyber security, intelligence information exchange, fight against terrorism and transnational crime, non-traditional security issues, and legal assistance in the civil field.

Regarding economic and trade engagement, Phuc asked the Indian Government to open its market for Vietnamese goods, particularly farm produce like longan, rambutan and durian.

"Viet Nam always welcomes Indian firms to increase their investment in the nation, especially in processing and manufacturing, auto support industry, IT and communications, renewable energy, high-tech agriculture, and innovation," he said.

He also recommended the sides prepare plans for stepping up people-to-people exchange and cooperation in culture and tourism post-pandemic, and soon resume direct flights between their major cities when possible.

The leader underscored that Viet Nam highly values India’s important role and voice, particularly regarding the East Sea issue. He said he hopes that the nations will further coordinate and support each other at multilateral forums, especially in ASEAN and the UN.

For his part, the Indian diplomat proposed the Vietnamese Government continue creating favourable conditions for oil and gas firms of both sides to extend their cooperation programmes.

He vowed to assist Viet Nam in preserving the My Son World Cultural Heritage, which can be done at the beginning of 2022.

On the occasion, President Phuc sent an invitation, via the ambassador, to the Indian President and Prime Minister to visit Viet Nam at an appropriate time.

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(Source: VNA)