Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was on a four-day official visit to Vietnam, to enhance India’s comprehensive strategic partnership with the Southeast Asian nation.
Apart from holding one-on-one talks with the leaders of Vietnam, the Vice President participated in the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak at Tam Chuc pagoda in Vietnam’s northern Ha Nam province, on May 12 and delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session of the event themed as “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies.”
Upon his arrival in Vietnam’s Capital Hanoi, Vice President Naidu addressed the Indian Community at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of India.
On the next day, the Vice President paid tributes to martyrs at the National Monument of Heroes and Martyrs and on proceeding to the Presidential palace he was accorded a ceremonial welcome.
Vice President Naidu interacted with the Vice President of Vietnam, Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and also held delegation-level talks. He also met Mme. Nguyen Kim Thi Ngan, Chairperson of National Assembly of Vietnam.
During the high-level talks, the Vice President and his hosts discussed a wide range of issues including trade & investment relations. Giving better market access to India’s exports, exploring opportunities in oil and gas sectors, seeking support for Indian Pharmaceutical facilities in Vietnam, cooperation in defence and space technologies, training and capacity building of Vietnamese defence forces and strengthening of cultural bonds between the two nations figured during the talks.
On May 11, Vice President Naidu visited Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where he paid homage to the late President Ho Chi Minh. The Vice President also met the Indian community and Vietnamese beneficiaries of the Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp organized in Vietnam under the ‘India for Humanity’ initiative launched to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Later in the afternoon, Vice President Naidu met the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a separate engagement.
On May 12, Vice President Naidu participated in the inaugural function of the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak at Tam Chuc pagoda in Vietnam’s Ha Nam province and delivered the keynote address. Considered sacred to Buddhists, Vesak is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Buddha, his attainment of enlightenment and his passing away.
Vice President Naidu’s participation at the event is expected to further strengthen ties between India and Buddhist communities worldwide. The event attracted more than 10,000 Buddhist followers, 1,500 religious dignitaries, researchers, scientists and others from all over the world.