Buddhism a strong connecting link between cultures of India, Vietnam: Naidu
Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said the rich influence of Buddhism in the daily life of the people of Vietnam is acting as a strong connecting link between the cultures and societies of the two countries.
Naidu welcomed Chairman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vuong Dinh Hue and other members of the parliamentary delegation of the southeast Asian country at his office in Parliament on Friday.
Recalling his visit to Vietnam in 2019 to attend the International Vesak Day celebration, Naidu said during his visit he observed the rich influence of Buddhism in the daily life of the people of Vietnam ''which had truly enriched the way of life of people and also acting as a strong connecting link between the two cultures and societies''.
He was elated to note that India-Vietnam's bilateral engagements have diversified across a wide-range of areas of cooperation from political exchanges to defence partnership, trade, commerce and investment relations, development cooperation and cultural and people-to-people relations, a statement from the Vice President's office said.
Speaking on parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, the Rajya Sabha chairman said India-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Groups in the respective Parliaments have been contributing to strengthen the bilateral cooperation.
Reflecting on the visit of Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the then Chairperson of Vietnamese National Assembly in December 2016, Naidu highlighted that a cooperation agreement was signed between the Lok Sabha and the Vietnamese National Assembly for strengthening parliamentary cooperation.
Naidu also underlined that Economic cooperation has been an important pillar under the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Vietnam.
He also added that Trade Ministries of both the countries should work together to increase market access in various sectors like pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, minerals, agro-processing, IT, and agricultural products.
While highlighting India's long-standing and mutually beneficial partnership with Vietnam in the energy sector, he said India's ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) has over three-decade long presence in Vietnam's offshore energy projects and is keen on seeking 15-year extension of the existing arrangement beyond May 2023 when the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between OVL and Petro-Vietnam (PVN) expires.
Naidu also stressed the need to strengthen bilateral engagement with Vietnam in areas such as defence industry cooperation, maritime security, capacity building programmes and UN Peacekeeping.
India and Vietnam have been working together at the UNSC as non-permanent members that in turn contributing in shaping the post-pandemic global political and economic order, he said.
Naidu expressed that India is looking forward to continue working closely with Vietnam in line with the strong convergence between India's Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN's Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP).
Speaking on the COVID-19 cooperation, Naidu said the virtual summit between the Prime Ministers of India and Vietnam in December 2020 guided both countries to continue strengthening the multi-dimensional bilateral relations while collaborating in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Naidu extended gratitude to the government and people of Vietnam for timely supplying equipment related to oxygen and supporting India's fight against the pandemic during the recent second wave.
Highlighting India and Vietnam's common historical and civilizational links through their shared heritage of Buddhism and Cham traditions, he said both countries should leverage these to generate greater mutual awareness and cultural, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.
Marking the occasion of 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam in 2022, the RS chairman proposed both Parliaments to make plan to organize some commemorative joint events both in New Delhi and Hanoi.
The delegation led by Vuong Dinh Hue appreciated the friendly relationships between the two countries and hoped that such visit would further strengthen the existing bonds, according to the statement.
(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
- READ MORE ON:
- Vuong Dinh Hue
- Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Groups
- Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
- M Venkaiah Naidu
- Vietnamese National Assembly
- Videsh Limited
- Lok Sabha
- Outlook on Indo-Pacific
- National Assembly of Socialist Republic