Source: News Bharati English02 Sep 2016 18:34:00

New Delhi, Sept 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for his maiden visit to Vietnam. He will attend the the annual G-20 summit in Hangzhou in China. 

“Vietnam is India’s important strategic partner and the visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, including defence, security and trade said Preeti Saran, Secretary (East Asia), External Affairs Ministry.

In his first leg of four-day tour, Modi is schedule to meet President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc first at Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Friday night. 

He will leave for Hangzhou on September 3 to attend the G-20 summit on September 4 and 5. The Prime Minister will return on September 5 and will again leave for Laos on a two-day visit to attend the annual India-ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

This will be the first prime ministerial visit from India to the Southeast Asian nation in 15 years after the visit of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001.

PM Modi’s visit to Vietnam is taking place just weeks after the two countries discussed key issues including security cooperation during their fifth Strategic Dialogue held in New Delhi. Vietnam has welcomed India’s stand on the ruling of an international tribunal on the South China Sea (SCS) dispute.

In a series of posts from his Facebook account the Prime Minister said: 

“Greetings to the people of Vietnam on their National Day. Vietnam is a friendly nation with whom we cherish our relationship. 

Today evening, I will reach Hanoi in Vietnam, marking the start of a very important visit that will further cement the close bond between India and Vietnam. My Government attaches a high priority to our bilateral relations with Vietnam. The India-Vietnam partnership will benefit Asia and the rest of the world. 

During the visit, I will hold extensive discussions with Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc. We will review complete spectrum of our bilateral relationship. 

I will also meet the President of Vietnam, Mr. Tran Dai Quang, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong; and the Chairperson of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. 

We wish to forge a strong economic relationship with Vietnam that can mutually benefit our citizens. Strengthening the people-to-people ties will also be an my endeavour during the Vietnam visit. 

In Vietnam, I will have the opportunity to pay homage to Ho Chi Minh, one of 20th century’s tallest leaders. I will lay a wreath at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs as well as visit the Quan Su Pagoda. 

I will visit Hangzhou, China from 3-5 September 2016 for the Annual G-20 Leaders Summit. I will arrive in Hangzhou from Vietnam where I would have concluded an important bilateral visit. 

During the G-20 Summit, I will have an opportunity to engage with other world leaders on pressing international priorities and challenges. We will discuss putting the global economy on the track of sustainable steady growth and responding to emerging and entrenched social, security and economic challenges. 

India will engage constructively on all the issues before us and work towards finding solutions and taking forward the agenda for a robust, inclusive and sustainable international economic order that uplifts the socio-economic conditions of people across the world, especially those who need it most in developing countries. 

I look forward to a productive and outcome oriented Summit.” 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi greeted the people of Vietnam, on their National Day. 

"Greetings to the people of Vietnam on their National Day. Vietnam is a friendly nation with whom we cherish our relationship",the Prime Minister said.

This state visit would be a path breaking move for both counties as far as strategic relations and this will open a new page in bilateral relationship and we hope this visit will strengthen  ties to a more comprehensive level,  Said Ton Sinh Thanh, the Vietnamese ambassador to India  in last month  during a media interaction at the Foreign Correspondents Club.