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President of India Pranab Mukherjee visited Vietnam

Sep 18, 2014 17:53 IST

The President Pranab Mukherjee was on a visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 14 to 17 September 2014. During his visit, he held bilateral talks with President Truong Tan Sang and met Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung. They exchanged views on the socio-economic developments and foreign policy of their respective countries, bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest.

Both the countries Presidents jointly inaugurated the Center for Indian Studies at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration. India also will commence the restoration work of the Cham Monument at My Son in Vietnam.

President Pranab Mukherjee visited cultural and historical sites as well as interacted with the common people.

He gifted a sapling of the Holy Bodhi Tree from Bodh Gaya to Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang, which is a symbol of shared Buddhist heritage between the two countries. He also visited the Tran Quoc Pagoda where a Bodhi tree was planted by the first President of India Rajendra Prasad in 1959.

He also visited the War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City which record and demonstrate the stubborn spirit and courage of the Vietnamese people who have emerged victorious against tremendous odds.

President Pranab Mukherjee invited the Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung to India and he is scheduled to visit India in October 2014.

Both the countries concluded 7 Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) which will provide the institutional framework for mutually beneficial exchanges. The signed pacts will enhance the diplomatic relations and partnership of two countries.

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