New Delhi, May 13: “Our shared cultural space, religion and philosophy have been influenced and shared by Buddha’s message”, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu delivered the keynote address at 16th UN Vesak Day, at Tam Chuc Pagoda in Vietnam on 12th May.
Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu undertook an official visit to Vietnam from 9-12 May 2019 at the invitation extended by H.E. Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Vice President of Vietnam.
During this visit, VP Naidu held delegation-level talks with Vice President Thinh and held discussions with Prime Minister H.E Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chairperson of the National Assembly H.E. Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
India and Vietnam have a strong bilateral relationship based on mutual trust, understanding and convergence of views on regional and international issues. Vice President’s talks with his Vietnamese interlocutors were extensive and productive and covered a whole range of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Both sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation in defense and security, peaceful uses of atomic energy and outer space, oil and gas, renewable energy, agriculture, and innovation-based sectors.
Vietnam is an important trade partner of India. Bilateral trade stood at nearly US Dollars 14 billion last year has nearly doubled from US Dollars 7.8 billion three years ago. Vice President Naidu and Prime Minister Phuc expressed commitment to enhancing trade and investments and agreed to facilitate direct air connectivity to promote tourism, trade and people-to-people relations.
Both sides reiterated the importance of building a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region on the basis of respect for national sovereignty and international law, and expressed full commitment to an open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture based on freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded economic activities and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law.
Vietnam’s leaders appreciated India’s long-standing development partnership engagement, especially scholarships and training programmes provided under ITEC and by ICCR.
They also thanked India for extending concessional Lines of Credit for defense industry cooperation and implementing other socio-cultural infrastructure projects in Vietnam under Indian grants-in-aid.
In his keynote address at the Vesak Day, Vice President Naidu spoke on "Buddhist approach to global leadership and shared responsibilities for sustainable societies”. President of Myanmar Win Myint, Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli, and Chairman of the National Council of Bhutan Tashi Dorjee also participated.