Welcoming the Vietnamese President, Mr Kovind thanked Vietnam for the crucial role it played as coordinator country in ensuring substantive outcomes at the ASEAN India Commemorative Summit held in New Delhi in January 2018, an official release from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
The President said India and Vietnam enjoy a civilisational relationship going back 2000 years. “Buddhism, the Hindu Champa civilisation and our shared philosophy have strengthened our common bond”, he said.
The President stated that the economic engagement has seen a remarkable growth and the leaders have set a trade target of 5 billion US Dollar by 2020.
“We need to redouble our efforts to reach this target”, he said.
The President said that India and Vietnam have common perspectives on peace, stability and security in the Indo-pacific region. Both are committed to the centrality of ASEAN in a regional architecture that should be inclusive, open and based on the principles of international law.
Mr Kovind also said the great leaders of both countries’ respective freedom struggles, Mahatma Gandhi and President Ho Chi Minh, energised the link in the modern era. “We have today built our close friendship on the path shown by them”, he said.
The President said that India firmly believe that a strong India-Vietnam partnership would lead to peace and prosperity for people and for the wider region.
He expressed confidence that the Vietnamese President’s visit will contribute to strengthening Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between two countries and lay the roadmap for enhanced engagement, the release said.