Excellency Madam Preeti Saran, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Vietnam,
Distinguished Guests from the Diplomatic Corps,
Dear Indian and Vietnamese Friends,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is indeed my great pleasure to attend the reception to celebrate the 68th anniversary of Independence Day of the Republic of India. On behalf of the Government and people of Viet Nam, I have the honour to extend my warmest congratulations to the government and people of India, to Madam Ambassador and all of you present here.
India is a great country. It is the cradle of human civilization and home to the glorious Indus and Ganges civilizations. India was also famous for its “non-violence” struggles for independence under the wise leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the nation. And independence was established in India68 years ago, on 15 August 1947.This crucial event was a source of encouragement for other nations under oppression to fight for independence and freedom around the world.
Over the past 68 years, with the tireless efforts and creativity, the Indian people have obtained remarkable and comprehensive achievements in national development. From a poor, under-developed colony, India has emerged as a powerful state with strong military capabilities, one of the 10 leading economies with the second highest growth rate in the world and the top exporter of high-quality manpower in the software industries. Today, India has become an example for its initiative for economic development with the determination to build “100 smart cities” and realize the campaign “made in India”. In the international arena, India has step by step risen as a responsible power and an active member of various international forums and organizations. The Government and people of Viet Nam also would like to congratulate the government and fraternal people of India for such impressive achievements. We wish India greater successes in building a prosperous and modern nation with an increasingly important position in the international arena.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Vietnamese people are proud of having India as a big and loyal friend. In any situation, whether under the war or economic blockage, in post-war or-disaster difficult circumstances, the Indian people always stand side by side with Vietnam, showing their warm friendship and providing timely and effective assistance. Our relations have been time-tested and flourished as a valuable asset of both nations.
At present, Viet Nam and India enjoy much closer relations, especially since the establishment of Strategic Partnership in 2007. Exchange of visits take place at all levels, especially high – level. Most recently, President Pranab Mukhejee paid a state visit to Vietnam in September 2014; Viet Nam General Secretary visited India in 2012, President Truong Tan Sang visited India in 2011 and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited India in October 2014. India is an important economic partner of Vietnam, being one of our 10 largest trade partners. Our two-way trade turnover keeps increasing with 5.6 billion USD in 2014 and 2.3 billion for the first half of 2015. Cooperation in other areas such as science – technology, education – training, culture, security and defense have brought about tangible benefits for both sides.
Our two countries continue to work closely and effectively at regional and international forums, especially the UN, Non-Aligned Movement and ASEAN arrangements. We are happy to see that Viet Nam and India share many common views and values in maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia. Viet Nam hopes to further strengthen cooperation and mutual support between the two countries, especially on issues relating to peace, stability, maritime and over-flight security and safety. Viet Nam always supports India to play an increasingly important role in regional and international platforms.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In this cordial atmosphere of friendship, we strongly believe in the bright prospect of the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and India for the benefits of both peoples, and for peace, stability, cooperation, common prosperity and development in the Asia-Pacific and the world over.
In that spirit, I would like to invite you all to join me in a toast: