President Of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang Arrives In India For 3-Day Visit

| March 3 , 2018 , 13:24 IST

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit to India along with his wife Nguyen Thi Hien and an official delegation on Friday.

President Quang initially landed in Bodh Gaya in Bihar, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, before reaching New Delhi. He received a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan accompanied by President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“And this is how we welcome our esteemed guest! Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of President Shri Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Following his visit, Vietnam President on Saturday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

He was later welcomed by PM Modi at the Hyderabad House ahead of the bilateral talks.

India-Vietnam relations have been exceptionally friendly and cordial since their foundations were laid by founding fathers of the two countries - President Ho Chi Minh and President Rajendra Prasad.

Welcoming his Vietnamese counterpart, President Kovind posted an image of the first meet of the Indian and Vietnamese president on Twitter. 

The Vietnamese President is expected to have an interaction with prominent Indian businessmen. The visit aims to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Vietnam is currently the country coordinator for India with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional bloc. Apart from ASEAN, India-Vietnam trade stood at $6.24 billion in fiscal 2016-17 and the two sides have agreed to raise this to $15 billion by 2020.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was in India last month as one of the 10 ASEAN leaders who were the chief guests at the Republic Day celebrations.

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