This is President Truong Tan Sang's first official visit to a country outside ASEAN since he was elected President in July 2011.
The visits aim to affirm Vietnam’s policy of attaching great importance to and prioritising its strategic partnership with India, and to promote the traditional friendship and multifaceted co-operation with Sri Lanka, both bilaterally and at regional and international forums.
We are happy to see that the traditional friendship and multifaceted co-operation between Vietnam and India, established by Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh and India’s late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, fostered by generations of leaders and people of the two countries, has continuously developed. This fine relationship has seen fruitful results since the two countries established their strategic partnership in 2007. Exchanges of high-ranking visits have increased and co-operation mechanisms between Vietnam and India have expanded and are implemented regularly. The two sides have boosted co-operation in all fields of politics, defense, security, finance, education, training, science and technology.
In 2010, two-way trade between Vietnam and India was US$2.7 billion and is targeted to reach between US$5 billion and US$6 billion by 2015. India now has 47 valid projects in Vietnam, capitalised at US$206 million, ranking 27th among the 92 countries and territories investing in Vietnam. Vietnam and India have agreed to name 2012 ‘Vietnam- India Friendship Year’ to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations and 5th anniversary of the their strategic partnership.
President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to India is aimed at deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries and improving its practicality and effectiveness. It is expected that documents to be signed during the visit will solidify bilateral co-operative relationships in all fields.
The traditional friendship and multifaceted co-operation between Vietnam and Sri Lanka have seen new steps in development with the opening of the Vietnamese embassy in Colombia last April. The two countries have also co-operated closely at regional and international forums. Economic co-operation between the two nations has great potential, particularly in the fields of investment, trade, oil, agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and telecommunications. Their two-way trade reached US$93 million in 2010, up 84% over 2009.
President Sang’s visit to Sri Lanka aims to create a breakthrough in the co-operative relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka and expand bilateral co-operation in trade and investment through increased exchange visits, commercial promotion, and boosting co-operation in all fields according to signed agreements. On the occasion, the two countries are expected to sign several documents to enhance multifaceted bilateral co-operation.
We wish the State visits to India and Sri Lanka by President Truong Tan Sang great success, thereby contributing to deepening the strategic partnership between Vietnam and India and strengthening the traditional friendship and multifaceted co-operation between Vietnam and Sri Lanka, for peace, stability, co-operation and development in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the world as a whole.