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The visits which opened many opportunities for cooperation between Vietnam and India and Vietnam and Bangladesh
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Photo: President Tran Dai Quang and his wife at the Palam military airport, New Delhi. Photo: VNA

During the State visit to the Republic of India, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met with Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Sumitra Mahajan, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, leaders of political parties, and the Vietnam-India Friendship Association. President Tran Dai Quang attended the Vietnam-India Business Forum, cut the ribbon launching "Vietnam Cultural Days in India," paid floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi memorial, visited Bihar State in Northeastern India. At the Nehru Memorial Museum in New Delhi, President Tran Dai Quang delivered an important speech, addressing 300 Indian politicians, professors, researchers, academics and students.

President Tran Dai Quang’s State visit to Bangladesh took place on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Bangladesh. During the visit, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, met with the Speaker of the National Parliament and Chairman of the Workers' Party; attended and delivered a speech at the Vietnam-Bangladesh Business Forum; attended the Opening Ceremony of "Vietnam Cultural Days in Bangladesh."

It can be said that the state visits of President Tran Dai Quang, his wife and the Vietnamese high-level delegation to India and Bangladesh were very successful in all aspects. India and Bangladesh gave the delegation the highest state-level welcome and gestures higher than usual. At all meetings and contacts of the President with the leaders of the two countries as well as with the political parties, business circles, academicians, students and especially the two peoples a special feeling prevailed, showing high political trust, emotion and mutual respect as if among relatives and longtime friends.

In terms of content, the leaders reached high consensus on all issues under discussion, including major orientations to promote the relationship between Vietnam with India and Vietnam and Bangladesh. With India, it is the realization of the contents and the strengthening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. With Bangladesh, it is to scale up the traditional friendship with higher efficiency and substantiality.

Through exchanges leaders and both sides better understood the importance of each other's foreign policy as well as opportunities and potentials of each country in bilateral relationship. The leaders agreed on substantive measures, focusing on connectivity, firstly between peoples, especially business people. Next is air and sea connectivity. If connected well, Vietnam will feel Dhaka and New Delhi just as far as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. This is the best way to promote potential, turning potential cooperation into reality for people’s benefit, contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

During his visit to India, President Tran Dai Quang delivered an important speech at the Nehru Memorial Museum. It was important because the audiences were not only politicians, but also scholars, students, as well as a large number of media organizations in India, including many major media outlets. With the key message sent out, the President conveyed the view that Vietnam and India are strengthening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for no other purpose than to make India-Pacific and Asia more prosperous and developed for the benefit of all countries in the region and for peace and stability in the world.

The visit to Bangladesh was the first of a President of Vietnam in 14 years since 2004. The visit was even more meaningful when the relation of the two countries developed remarkably in all areas: politics, economics, commerce, culture, education, and defense. One cannot fail to mention that the visit once again affirmed and tightened the traditional friendship between the two countries. The Bangladeshi side has always reserved special affection and admiration to the Vietnamese country and people, especially President Ho Chi Minh. The Vietnamese side has always treasured the Bangladeshi people’s sentiment and wished to deepen bilateral relations to achieve substantial results.

During the visits, President Tran Dai Quang had several meetings and contacts, emphasizing the traditional values and historical linkage between Vietnam and the two countries. It can be seen that the relations between Vietnam and India and Vietnam and Bangladesh have long cultural history. Vietnam just concluded the celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations with India and this year marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relation with Bangladesh. During the visits, in addition to discussing measures to promote bilateral ties in the future, the President also had a lot of contacts with different circles and sectors, discussing the underlying foundations of the relations. In particular, witnesses of a historical stage of the relations are still alive. So, the visits were a very special occasion for the President to meet with them to express gratitude, recall memories and exchange measures to keep this tradition alive, raise awareness of young people so that they respect and promote the tradition to make more contribution at present.

India has a population of 1.3 billion people and Bangladesh 170 million. Both counties have achieved very high GDP growth rates of more than 7% in recent years. Most forecasts show that in coming years, India and Bangladesh will continue to maintain this level of growth. This is a great potential for economic and commercial relations between the two sides. The visits demonstrated that political will and efforts to connect were made, and the issue now is implementation. With the successful outcome of the visits, we are confident that the implementation will be successful, taking advantage of opportunities of globalization and regional connectivity and harnessing potential in economy and trade in between Vietnam and India, and Vietnam and Bangladesh.

Thanh Anh