The inauguration ceremony featured traditional dances of India performed by Vietnamese, who were trained at the centre. Speaking at the event, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh, who is in a 4-day visit to Vietnam, thanked the Vietnamese Government and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for facilitating the Indian Embassy to open the centre.
He said the birth of the centre is a proof of the growing Vietnam – India ties, which he described as dating back more than 2,000 years, when Indian monks travelled to Vietnam to promote Buddhism.
The Indian Cultural Centre will contribute to the preservation and promotion of heritage and values cherished by both nations, the official noted. Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Khanh Hai said the centre has affirmed effective cultural cooperation between Vietnam and India and contributes to strengthening bilateral friendship and strategic partnership. The facility will introduce Indian cultural features, such as dances and yoga, to Vietnamese people, and boost cultural exchanges and tourism, he added.
Vietnam and India established diplomatic relations on January 7th, 1972. Over 45 years, bilateral relations between the countries have been constantly consolidated and developed in all the areas, especially, economic and trade cooperation has always been increasing in the recent 25 years of Vietnam’s innovation and development.
India and Vietnam share exceptionally friendly and cordial relations since their foundations were laid by Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and President Ho Chi Minh more than 55 years ago. Two countries’ ties have their historical roots in the common struggle for liberation from foreign rule and the national struggle for independence.
In 2007, the bilateral relations were elevated to the level of a Strategic Partnership. Political contacts have strengthened as reflected in several high-level visits by leaders from both sides.