The late President Ho Chi Minh was featured in a recently seminar held in Kolkata city in West Bengal state of India ahead of his 125th birth anniversary (May 19).

In his remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh reviewed the life and noble revolutionary career of the late President and emphasised that he is not only a great leader of Vietnam, a hero of national liberation and a world cultural figure but also the first leader to found the thriving Vietnam-India relationship.

He is a symbol of solidarity, friendship and close attachment between the two peoples, having visited India twice, in 1946 and 1958.

Geetesh Sharma, President of the city’s India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee, said Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh were the most popular foreign names in India in 1950-1970, as evidenced by a number of poems and materials written in the Indian language praising the late President.

On the occasion, Sharma also debuted his book about the President and the traditional friendship between Vietnam and India.

Director of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Meenakshi Mishra said President Ho Chi Minh was a source of inspiration and motivation for oppressed nations across the world.

Director of the Kolkata National Library expressed his support for a display of photos and books about the late leader and the opening of a “Vietnam Corner” in the library.

Earlier, Ambassador Thanh and IVSC representatives laid a wreath at a statue of President Ho Chi Minh in a park in downtown Kolkata.-VNA