Indian President Ram Nath Kovind (L) welcomed President Tran Dai Quang in New Delhi on March 3, 2018. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on August 15 sent a message of congratulations to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on the 72nd anniversary of India’s Independence Day (August 15).

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cabled congratulatory message to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh also took the occasion to extend congratulations to Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

Vietnam and India set up diplomatic ties in January, 1972. Since then, the bilateral political relationship and mutual trust have been strengthened thanks to the constant exchange of high-level visits, during which the two countries have signed 17 more agreements on cooperation across the fields.

The two nations have enjoyed thriving economic partnership with two-way trade registering an impressive growth of more than 40 percent, from 5.6 billion USD in 2016 to 7.63 billion USD in 2017. The trade value is expected to surpass 10 billion USD this year.

Currently, India ranks 27th among 126 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with nearly 200 projects worth about 875 million USD.-VNA