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PM of India to visit Vietnam; to attend G-20 Summit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi would be visiting Vietnam from 2nd September 2016 to 3rd September 2016. Prime Minister will also be attending Annual G-20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China from 3rd September 2016 to 5th September 2016. In a series of posts from his Facebook account the Prime Minister said: “Greetings to the people of Vietnam on their National Day. Vietnam is a friendly nation with whom we cherish our relationship. Today evening, I will reach Hanoi in Vietnam, marking the start of a very important visit that will further cement the close bond between India and Vietnam. My Government attaches a high priority to our bilateral relations with Vietnam. The India-Vietnam partnership will benefit Asia and the rest of the world. During the visit, I will hold extensive discussions with Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc. We will review complete spectrum of our bilateral relationship. I will also meet the President of Vietnam, Mr. Tran Dai Quang, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong; and the Chairperson of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. We wish to forge a strong economic relationship with Vietnam that can mutually benefit our citizens. Strengthening the people-to-people ties will also be an my endeavour during the Vietnam visit. In Vietnam, I will have the opportunity to pay homage to Ho Chi Minh, one of 20th century’s tallest leaders. I will lay a wreath at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs as well as visit the Quan Su Pagoda. I will visit Hangzhou, China from 3-5 September 2016 for the Annual G-20 Leaders Summit. I will arrive in Hangzhou from Vietnam where I would have concluded an important bilateral visit. During the G-20 Summit, I will have an opportunity to engage with other world leaders on pressing international priorities and challenges. We will discuss putting the global economy on the track of sustainable steady growth and responding to emerging and entrenched social, security and economic challenges. India will engage constructively on all the issues before us and work towards finding solutions and taking forward the agenda for a robust, inclusive and sustainable international economic order that uplifts the socio-economic conditions of people across the world, especially those who need it most in developing countries. I look forward to a productive and outcome oriented Summit.”
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi delivering his statement to the media in joint press briefing with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on September 02, 2016.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi delivering his statement to the media in joint press briefing with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on September 02, 2016.
Text of PM of India’s statement to media: Your Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Distinguished Ministers and members of the Egyptian and Indian delegations; and, Friends from the media, I am delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, on his first state visit to India. Excellency, you are a man of many achievements, both at home and abroad. 1.25 billion people of India are happy to see you here. Egypt itself is a natural bridge that connects Asia with Africa. Your people are a voice of moderate Islam. And, your nation a factor for regional peace and stability in Africa and the Arab world. Egypt has always championed the cause of developing countries. Friends, President and I held extensive discussions on the shape and substance of our partnership. We have agreed on an action oriented agenda to drive our engagements. An agenda that:
  • responds to our socio-economic priorities;
  • promotes trade and investment ties;
  • secures our societies;
  • helps build peace and harmony in our region; and
  • advances our engagement on regional and international issues.
Friends, In our conversation, President Sisi and I have agreed to build on multiple pillars of our cooperation. We agreed to sustain and strengthen the momentum of high-level political exchanges. We recognized that strong trade and investment linkages are essential for economic prosperity of our societies. We, therefore, agreed that increased flow of goods, services, and capital between our two economieshas to be among our key priorities. To this end, the agreement on cooperation in maritime transport signed today will be an important facilitator. I would also urge our private sector to take the lead in building new business and commercial partnerships between the two countries. To diversify the portfolio of economic engagement, we will also deepen our cooperation in agriculture, skill development, small and medium industry and health sectors. Friends, President and I are of one view that growing radicalization, increasing violence and spread of terror pose a real threat not just to our two countries. But, also to nations and communities across regions. In this context, we agreed to further our defence and security engagement which would aim at:
  • Expanding defence trade , training and capacity building;
  • Greater information and operational exchanges to combat terrorism;
  • Cooperation on emerging challenges of cyber security; and
  • Working together to fight drug trafficking, transnational crimes and money-laundering.
As two ancient and proud civilizations, with rich cultural heritage, we also decided to facilitate greater people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges. Excellency, India appreciates the good work that Egypt has been doing during its current term on the UN Security Council. Our decision to consult more closely on regional and global issues, both at the U.N. and outside, will benefit our common interests. We agreed that the U.N. Security Council needs to be reformed to reflect the realities of today. We also welcome Egypt's participation at next week's G20 Summit. We believe it will add value and enrich the substance of discussions at G-20. Your Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Let me once again extend my warmest welcome to you and your delegation. I wish you and the Egyptian people all success. India stands ready to be a reliable partner in fulfillment of your developmental, economic and security goals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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