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

By Kamna Arora | Last Updated: Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 16:01
Zee Media Bureau

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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First Published: Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 16:01
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