The Ministry of Defence has presented the token of medical supplies to India to support the country’s fight against COVID-19.
Lieutenant General Vu Chien Thang, Director General of the Foreign Relations Department under the Ministry of Defence chaired the hand-over ceremony on May 24, during which he spotlighted fruitful development of the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and India as well as their defence cooperation in recent times.
He expressed gratitude to the Indian Government and people for their support, valuable COVID-19 prevention experience and documents shared with Vietnam last year when Vietnam was hit by COVID-19 outbreaks.
Thang also thanked the Indian Ministry of Defence for its effective assistance in training to improve the quality of human resources, non-refundable aid and preferential credit packages for industrial and defence development.
He expressed his hope that these medical supplies will contribute to helping the Indian people overcome challenges from COVID-19 and soon repel the health crisis, which is causing severe effects in the South Asian country.
For his part, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma thanked and highly valued the Vietnamese ministry’s valuable asisstance to the Indian people, saying that the ministry’s timely spiritual and material support shows solidarity, friendship and sharing of difficulties between the people and armies of the two countries.
He affirmed that in more than a year of dealing with COVID-19, India has learned important lessons about the importance of international cooperation in fighting the pandemic, emphasising the significance of Vietnam’s medical supplies for the Indian people at present.