The 68th anniversary of India’s Independence Day was marked in Ho Chi Minh City during a ceremony on August 14, jointly held by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Vietnam-India Friendship Association (VIFA) in the city.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairwoman of the VIFA in Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Xuan noted that Vietnam and India share traditional ties and many cultural, art and religious similarities.

The ties have been expanded comprehensively with stronger mutual support at regional and international political and economic forums, she said.

She also expressed her hope for stronger collaboration with the Indian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City in organising activities to foster cultural, art and people-to-people exchanges and connect enterprises of both countries.

Meanwhile, Indian Consul General in the city Smita Pant said she is delighted at the firm foundation of bilateral relations, which were initiated and have been nurtured by leaders of both countries over the years.

She revealed that India has held numerous activities to enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples, especially the youth, while promoting tourism and introducing the investment potential of Vietnam.

Indian Jet Airways’ opening of direct air routes linking New Delhi, Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City is expected to increase trade and tourism cooperation between the two countries, she added.-VNA