He said that over the past 50 years, despite the volatile and complex world situation, the traditional friendship relations between Vietnam and India founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and nurtured by generations of leaders and people of the two countries have been continuously consolidated and developed.

Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen receives Minister of External Affairs of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The official also congratulated the guest on the outcomes of the 18th meeting of the Vietnam-India Joint Committee for Economic, Trade, Science and Technology Cooperation that he co-chaired in Hanoi on October 16.

He said the city has been implementing cooperative activities with India and will strive to actively contribute to the early realization of the target of 20 billion USD in two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and India that the joint committee just approved.

Over the last few years, the relationship between the city and India has continuously been strengthened and developed in the fields of trade cooperation, investment, and people-to-people exchanges, he said, adding however that room remains for cooperation with Indian partners.

The official expressed his hope that India will continue to facilitate businesses from both sides to seek opportunities and promote cooperation in areas like trade, tourism, science - technology, and education.

For his part, the Indian minister said India and Vietnam are both trying to overcome difficulties and challenges but share the desire to promote their cooperative relationship and ensure peace and stability in the region.

He spoke highly of Ho Chi Minh City's economic development and its role in promoting tourism, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar thanked the city for supporting and facilitating the activities of the Indian Consulate General in the city, saying he hopes India and the city will further promote economic, trade and investment, especially strengthen the cooperative relationship between businesses of both sides.

He said that many Indian businesses want to learn about and seek cooperation opportunities in fields such as pharmaceuticals and infrastructure construction.

Source: VNA