Source: News Bharati English03 Sep 2016 18:29:26

Hanoi, Sept 3 : In his first  state visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and held bilateral talks. Modi inked 12 agreements with Vietnam on Saturday. He announced a new line of credit of $500 million for Vietnam to facilitate deeper defence cooperation, He congratulated the people of Vietnam on their national day that was celebrated yesterday.

PM Modi was greeted with a ceremonial welcome in front of the Presidential palace in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi on Saturday morning. He was welcomed by Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quant.

Prime Minister also sought facilitation of ongoing Indian projects and investments in Vietnam. India has also granted $5 million to set up a software park in the country.  Vietnam is the world's third largest rice exporter.

We are happy to have partnered with Vietnam in its emergence as a major rice producing and exporting country he added.  Later he  visited the Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, and  offered prayers at the Sanctum Sanctorum, and was given a rousing reception by the monks.

During his Interaction with Buddhist   monks, the Prime Minister said that he is fortunate to visit the Pagoda, and recalled that India’s first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad had visited this Pagoda in 1959.

Prime Minister said that India had come with the message of Buddha while some came to make war. He reiterated that India and Vietnam shares ancient ties of 2000 years. The advent of Buddhism from India to Vietnam and the monuments of Vietnam’s Hindu Cham temples stand testimony to these bonds. The bravery of the Vietnamese people in gaining independence from colonial rule has been a true inspiration said Modi.

He urged world to walk on the path of peace, which brings happiness and prosperity. The Prime Minister said Buddhism took the sea route from India to Vietnam, and therefore Vietnam has received the purest form of Buddhism. The Prime Minister invited them to visit the land of the Buddha, and especially

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 said PM Modi on his Facbook page.

He announced that Next year, India and Vietnam will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and 10th anniversary of establishment of the Strategic Partnership between our two countries.

He recalled Vietnam is a strong pillar of India's Act East Policy and bilateral ties between two nations are based on strong mutual trust, and understanding, and convergence of views on various regional and international issues.