HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday reiterated Viet Nam’s support to India’s eastward policy.
Sang was speaking to Rajiv K. Bhatia, director general of the Indian Council of World Affairs at a reception in the capital city.
Sang said he highly appreciated the traditional friendship between the two countries and the successful strategic partnership that had been forged.
He thanked India for granting official development aid to Viet Nam.
“However, although trade relations between the two countries have had some success, they are not up to their potential,” Sang said.
He said he was convinced that the cultural similarities between the two nations would help consolidate the solidarity between Vietnamese and Indian people.
“When direct flights from Ha Noi to New Delhi are established,the two nations will have more opportunities to increase trade and cultural exchanges,” Sang said.
Vice Minister Rajiv Bhatia thanked Viet Nam for supporting India at regional and international forums and asked it to help Indian firms wanting to do business.
Bhatia is in Viet Nam for a workshop titled Future Directions for Viet Nam-India Strategic Partnership.
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