PM Modi concludes two-day visit to Vietnam: As it happened

By Kamna Arora | Last Updated: Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 17:57

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome in front of the majestic Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Saturday morning.

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Capping his visit to Vietnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls on General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi.

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President Tran Dai Quang and PM @narendramodi discuss India-Vietnam relations.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls on Vietnam National Assembly Chairperson Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi.

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"I saw a glow on the faces of those monks who travelled to India and a great curiosity on the faces of those who wish to travel to India," says the PM. Modi further humbly invites "all in Vietnam to travel to the land of Buddha, and especially to Varanasi which I represent in India's Parliament".


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Speaking at the Pagoda, the PM says he is fortunate to make a trip here after first Indian President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, in 1959. "Our relationship spans 2,000 years. Some people came here with the objective of war. We came here with a message of peace which has endured.". The PM adds that the world should walk on the path of peace that brings happiness and prosperity, "while war only brings transient greatness".

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The historic monument is also known as the Ambassadors` Pagoda as there was a guest house here in the 17th century for the ambassadors of Buddhist countries.

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The pagoda is said to have served emissaries that were sent from Champa and Laos to Vietnam in the past, tweets External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup​.

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PM Narendra Modi visits the Quan Su Pagoda.

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India, Vietnam sign 12 agreements

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"Under Vietnam's leadership as ASEAN Coordinator for India, we will work towards a strengthened India-ASEAN partnership across all areas", says the PM. Modi concludes by saying that India and Vietnam "must stay focused on keeping up the momentum in our ties".


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PM Narendra Modi says India would provide a USD 500 million credit line to Vietnam for defence cooperation, the latest sign of closer ties between two countries with separate territorial disputes with China. 

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Our decision to upgrade our Strategic Partnership to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership captures the intent and path of our future cooperation. It will provide a new direction, momentum, and substance to our bilateral cooperation, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi after talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

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Your success in reunification and commitment to nation-building reflects the strength of character. India admired your determination and rejoiced in your success: PM Modi in Vietnam

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Buddhism and monuments of Vietnam’s Hindu Cham temples stand testimony to the 2,000-year-old bonds between our societies, says the PM.

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