Festival held to forge Vietnam-India friendship hinh anh 1An art performance at the festival. (Photo: VNA)

New Delhi –
The 11th Vietnam –
India People’s Friendship Festival opened in Chennai, the capital of India’s Tamil
Nadu state, on December 2 evening, aiming to strengthening the friendship at
all levels within the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

The festival is co-organised by the All India Peace
and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) and Tamil Nadu’s authorities, with a 25-member
Vietnamese delegation to the event led by Vice Chairman and Secretary General
of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association (VIFA) Ha Minh Hue.

In his remarks, Hue emphasised the traditional
friendship between Vietnam and India, and expressed his delight at the great
achievements they have recorded since the establishment of the bilateral
strategic partnership in 2007, and the comprehensive strategic partnership in

These achievements have helped promote the cooperation
in a more substantive manner in all the five pillars of politics-diplomacy,
national defence-security, economy-trade, science-technology, and
education-training and people-to-people exchange, he went on.

The festival, which brings together delegates
representing people from all walks of life, is expected to contribute to
enhancing the friendship in the new situation, he said.

Pallab Sengupta, Secretary of the Communist Party of
India (CPI) Central Committee, President of the World Peace Council, and presidium
member of the AIPSO, reviewed the Vietnam-India solidarity and mutual support,
and stressed the importance of people-to-people exchanges.

This year’s event featured special art performances by
Vietnamese and Indian artists.

Earlier the same day, the Vietnamese delegation paid
a courtesy visit to AIPSO leaders, and had meetings with representatives of the
CPI and the Communist Party of India –Marxist in Chennai./.