President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday wrapped up his four-day state visit to Vietnam and left for home after inking key pacts and declaring a united Indo-Vietnam stand for free navigation in the disputed waters of South China Sea and adjoining maritime areas.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday had some words of praise for the new Indian government as he credited it for not only initiating steps to bring the economy on a better path but also for creating a "favourable" atmosphere for India across the globe.
President Pranab Mukherjee reached the business capital of Vietnam on the second leg of his four-day visit during which he will visit various historic sites, attend a cultural programme and meet the local Indian community.
Strategically important oil and gas cooperation and extension of a USD 100 million credit by India for defence purchases are among the seven pacts inked between India and Vietnam as they called for "freedom" of navigation in the South China Sea, a remark that could irk China which has been claiming territorial sovereignty over the high seas.
Arriving in Vietnam on a four-day state visit, President Pranab Mukherjee did not immediately engage in statecraft with his hosts having arranged an entertaining diversion for him -- a show of famed Water Puppets featuring water-spouting dragons, harvesting and other scenes of pastoral life as well as re-enaction of legends.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday embarked on a four-day state visit to strategically important Vietnam during which he will hold talks with top leaders there as the two countries will ink pacts in key areas of oil exploration and air connectivity sectors.
President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Vietnam from September 14 during which a number of pacts are expected to be inked including cooperation in strategic oil sector that may not go down well with China which has been protesting Indian presence in oil blocks in South China Sea.
Messing up the process of government formation in Delhi, a delegation of Aam Aadmi Party leaders on Wednesday met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and urged him to "revise" his September 4 letter to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking permission to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a "stable government".
President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday emphasised on stepping up efforts toward complete eradication of illiteracy from the country with enhanced focus on improving literacy rate among SC, ST, minorities and disadvantaged sections of the society.