NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s activities in India

PANO – Onschedule, Vietnamese Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan had separate meetings with President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi and Chairman of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Geetesh Sharma, on December 10 morning in New Delhi.

At the meeting with President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi, the visiting Vietnamese NA Chairwoman showed her happiness upon visiting India and seeing great achievements obtained over the past time by the Indian people and important contribution of the party to the Indian success in the country’s building and development.

Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presenting flowers to President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi (R)

The Vietnamese NA Chairwoman affirmed that the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) attaches importance to consolidating and bolstering relations with the Indian National Congress, suggesting that the two parties continue boosting bilateral relations via delegation exchange, information sharing and consultation, contributing to promoting all-sided relations between the two countries.

Ms. Ngan stressed that Vietnam recognized and highly appreciated the important contribution of the Indian party over the past time to strengthening the friendly relations and multi-faceted cooperation between India and Vietnam. She hoped that the Indian National Congress in its capacity as a major political party with its profound influence, alongside other Indian political parties, continues its support for development of the bilateral relations.

President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi expressed her pleasure over visiting the Vietnamese NA Chairwoman. She hailed fruitful results in bilateral relations and cooperation between India and Vietnam over the past time, particularly in terms of politics, economics and trade, education and training, culture, and defense and security.

The host revealed that India grants hundreds of official scholarships to Vietnam and provides a number of training courses for Vietnamese officials and students, considering the education and training cooperation an important foundation to boost friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries in the coming time.

The guest also thanked the Indian people and the Indian National Congress for their valuable supports for Vietnam in its past struggles for national independence and its current national development and defense. She wished the Indian National Congress would continue winning a higher position and influence in the India, contribute significantly to developing India as a developed and prosperous nation, and bring into full play its role in peace and stability in Asia and world.

Vietnamese NA Chairwoman (R) receiving Chairman of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Geetesh Sharma

At the meeting with Chairman of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Geetesh Sharma, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan applauded the ceaseless effort of Chairman of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee Geetesh Sharma for Vietnam over the past 40 years, including his great support for the Vietnamese people during its past war against American invaders. In recent years, the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee held a number of activities in various forms and in a practical manner to show support and solidarity toward the Vietnamese people, contributing to strengthening friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation between India and Vietnam.

Highlighting Geetesh Sharma’s contributions to the Vietnamese people in the past 40 years, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said that Mr. Geetesh Sharma has written and translated a large number of books and newspaper articles about Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh and traditional friendship between Vietnam and India in Hindi and Bengali. His books and articles have helped Indian people better understand Vietnam and its people.

For his great contribution to the bilateral relations between India and Vietnam, he was rewarded a Friendship Order by the Vietnamese State and Government and Insignia “For Peace and Friendship between Nations” by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations in 2004.

For his part, Chairman Geetesh Sharma expressed his delight at new positive developments in India-Vietnam time-testing friendly relations. He underlined that Vietnam is the only country in the world that receives supports from all Indian political parties.

The host recalled that he had participated in demonstrations in India to protest the American war in Vietnam, and that he mobilized other Indian people to donate medicines and necessities, then he sought to send them to Vietnamese troops operating in the Truong Son mountain range in Vietnam.

He suggested that India and Vietnam continue to promote people-to-people diplomacy, particularly cultural exchange, to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

On this occasion, Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan invited Mr. Geetesh Sharma to revisit Vietnam in order to finish his book.

Reported by Chien Thang from New Dehi

Translated by Thu Nguyen



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