Hanoi, May 9 : Vice President Venkaiah Naidu arrived here on a four-day visit to Vietnam on Thursday which he expects would enhance India’s comprehensive strategic partnership with the Southeast Asian country.
Naidu was warmly received by Chu Van Yem, vice chairman of Vietnam president office, Ambassador of Vietnam to India, Pham Sanh Chau, Ambassador of India to Vietnam, P. Harish and others. Apart from holding one-on-one talks with leaders of Vietnam, Naidu would participate in 16th United Nations Day of Vesak at Tam Chuc Buddhism Culture Centre in Kim Bang district in Vietnam's northern Ha Nam province on May 12 and deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session of the event.
According to the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, around 500 foreign delegations with about 1,650 members from 112 countries and territories will attend the Vesak 2019 celebration, together with 15,000-20,000 domestic Buddhist followers and people.
The Vesak 2019 celebration is themed “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies”.
The UN General Assembly on December 15, 1999 recognised the Day of Vesak to celebrate the thrice-sacred event of the life of the Gautama Buddha and to acknowledge the contributions Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made to humanity.
The UN Day of Vesak was first celebrated in 2001. Naidu has come at the invitation of Vietnamese counterpart Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh. This visit follows a series of recent high level exchanges between the two countries. Naidu will also address Indian Community and hold delegation level talks. (UNI)