The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Vietnam-India Friendship Association co-hosted a get-together in Hanoi on January 29 celebrating the 66th Indian Republic Day (January 26).

Addressing the event, President of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association Hoang Van Phong talked about immense, crucial accomplishments recorded by Indian people and India’s significant position and influence on the global stage.

He noted that the two countries’ people have been bonded by friendship, solidarity, and support before and now. In recent years, bilateral cooperation has been growing across politics, trade, investment, security, defence, agriculture, education, and healthcare.

The two countries are working to achieve a 10 billion USD two-way trade value this year and bring the figure to 15 billion USD by 2020.

Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Preeti Saran said the celebration of the Indian Republic Day is meant to remember national heroes who won back freedom for India and those leaders who laid the foundation for the friendship between India and Vietnam.

Built on their support in the past struggle for national liberation and current economic development effort, the two countries will move forward their strategic partnership and bolster connection across the board, the Ambassador said.

The diplomat expressed the hope that the Vietnam-India Friendship Association continues working closely with the Indian Embassy to launch various cultural exchange activities for the two people.

The Vietnamese and Indian officials shared the belief that greater cooperative achievements will be reaped by the two countries for their people’s practical benefits and for peace, stability, cooperation, and prosperity in the region and across the world.-VNA