Party chief to visit India to enhance ties

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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong will visit India from November 19-22 to further boost ties between the two countries.

Trong is coming at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The two will discuss a wide range of issues related to the India-Vietnam strategic partnership, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a release.

The Vietnamese Party chief will call on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and meet Vice President Hamid Ansari, Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and leaders of Indian political parties. Trong will also visit Mumbai, according to the release.

Trong will meet local business leaders at an event in Mumbai.

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported that the visit seeks to intensify the pillars of the strategic partnership that has existed between Vietnam and India since 2007.

The Indian government considers Vietnam a key component of its "Look East" policy. In addition to sharing a lot of similarities and mutual benefits, both nations also support and cooperate with each other regularly as well as exchange views on various issues at regional and multilateral forums, according to VNA.

As of June this year, India ranked 30th out of 101 nations and territories currently investing in Vietnam, with 73 approved projects worth over US$253 million in the Southeast Asian nation.

Two-way trade reached $2.2 billion for the first five months of this year and is expected to hit $7 billion by 2015.

Vietnam and India established their diplomatic ties in 1972 and elevated their ties to the level of strategic partnership in 2007.

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