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INDIA AND VIETNAM ENJOY SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP SPANNING OVER 2000 YEARS’, LOK SABHA SPEAKER

New Delhi, 9 December 2016: Welcoming a Parliamentary Delegation from Vietnam led by H.E. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the Chairperson of the National Assembly of Vietnam in Parliament Complex today, Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that India and Vietnam have cherished strong bilateral ties of friendship for over 2000 years. She lauded the fact that the enduring philosophy of Buddha and linkages with Champa civilization has influenced the lives and thoughts of the people of two countries and also provides strong and common bond between the two countries. Smt. Mahajan observed that the visit of the Vietnamese Delegation is of great significance; coming at a time when our countries are preparing to celebrate two landmark events in bilateral relations – the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations (2017) and the 10th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership (2017). Noting that India and Vietnam have a healthy tradition of parliamentary exchanges and cooperation, Smt. Mahajan said that this visit has added to the ever-growing friendship and goodwill between our two countries and our peoples. She said that the Parliament of India looks forward to sustaining this momentum. Smt. Mahajan further observed that with India’s ‘Look East’ policy evolving into an ‘Act East’ policy, this region has assumed even greater importance in India's strategic thinking and economic engagement. Recalling the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Vietnam in September, she said that the two Prime Ministers have decided to elevate bilateral ‘Strategic Partnership’ initiated in 2007 to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’. Specifying that the exceptional economic rise of Vietnam, by grit and hard work coupled by its warm and friendly people is indeed inspiring and heart-warming, Smt. Mahajan said that Vietnam is playing an increasingly important role in global economic affairs. She said that India would like to work with Vietnam to further strengthen the trend of shared values of democracy, pluralism, openness and inclusiveness to become the mainstay of international relations. Stressing on the enhanced economic engagement between the two countries, she highlighted that the sectors of information technology, defence, security, energy, exploration. non-conventional energy as some of the key areas where India and Vietnam can mutually benefit from each other’s strength. She further said that science and technology is an important area of bilateral cooperation. Noting that 2016 marks 30 years of bilateral civil nuclear cooperation, she said that the Agreement on Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy is a remarkable development and a testimony to two countries' willingness to give greater substance to their recently upgraded Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Recalling India’s statement following the recent Award of Arbitral Tribunal, Smt. Mahajan reiterated its known position for resolving disputes through peaceful means without threat or use of force and by exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities that could complicate or escalate disputes affecting peace and stability. She said that India has persistently maintained that the Sea lanes of communication passing through the South China Sea are critical for peace, stability, prosperity and development. As such, as a State Party to the UNCLOS, India has called on all parties to show utmost respect for the UNCLOS, which establishes the international legal order of the seas and oceans, she said. H.E. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the President of National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, thanked Lok Sabha Speaker for the warm traditional hospitality extended to her Delegation. She hoped that the ongoing visit of her Delegation will further consolidate and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The following documents were signed during the above event: 1.Cooperation Agreement between the Lok Sabha of the Republic of India and the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam 2.MoU between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for Peaceful use of Atomic Energy 3.Memorandum of Understanding between Air India limited and Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company For Promotion of traffic between Vietnam and India and sharing of best practices in airline operation, Ground Handling Procedure and management. 4.Memorandum of Understanding between Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Vietnam Electricity (EVN) on Developing a Partnership to Jointly Work in the Area of Energy Efficiency.





 

 

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