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Ram Nath Kovind assures India's cooperation with Vietnam

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Hanoi, Nov 20: President Ram Nath Kovind and President Nguyen Phu Trong witnessed signing of memorandum of understanding (MoUs) including MOU in the field of communications and MOU between the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Earlier, Ram Nath Kovind in his address to National Assembly in Hanoi recalled historical trade relations between two countries. Kovind said, " Almost 2,000 years ago, Cham kingdom symbolised one of history's great civilisations. From Vietnam, it traded across the ocean. It is believed that ancient Vietnam had flourishing trade links with South India's Pallava and Chola kingdoms."

He assured that India is ready to cooperate with Vietnam to expand opportunities for all. "India offers a cooperation model that does not require its friends to make choices but rather expands choices and expands opportunities for all; that opens not one but many roads, " said the President.

Ram Nath Kovind visits Da Nang museum, My Son sanctuary in Vietnam

Addressing the Vietnam-India Business Forum on Monday, Kovind said India and Vietnam are old civilisations with ancient cultural and spiritual connections.

The President hailed Vietnam's "spectacular" economic growth in the last two decades, as he called for Vietnamese collaboration in India's flagship government programmes to boost bilateral trade, technology and investment relations.

"But the story of our engagement is much broader. Traders and merchants from India brought goods and commodities to the shores of Vietnam long before the arrival of cultural thought and expression. There was a flourishing maritime connect in the days gone by. And, to our desire, trade continues to be a driving force in our contemporary partnership," he said.

President Ram Nath Kovind's addresses

President Ram Nath Kovind's addresses

President Ram Nath Kovind addresses at National Assembly House of Vietnam, in Hanoi, Tuesday, Nov.20, 2018. Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is also seen. (RB Photo via PTI)

 At National Assembly House

At National Assembly House

President Ram Nath Kovind shakes hands with Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan during a meeting, at National Assembly House of Vietnam in Hanoi, Tuesday, Nov.20, 2018. (RB Photo via PTI)

 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

President Ram Nath Kovind lays a wreath at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum at Hanoi, in Vietnam, Tuesday, Nov.20, 2018. (RB Photo via PTI)

 Indian Community Reception

Indian Community Reception

President Ram Nath Kovind during Indian Community Reception hosted by the Ambassador of India to Vietnam, P Harish, at Hanoi, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (RB Photo via PTI)

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