31/12/2017 10:10 GMT+7 print

First Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh book room opened in India

A Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh book room, the first of its kind, was inaugurated in New Delhi, India, on December 29.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh introduced a collection of nearly 1,000 book titles written in English about different areas, ranging from history, culture, people, religion, heritage to political, socio-economic policies and achievements of Vietnam.

Several books feature Vietnam-India relations as well as President Ho Chi Minh, a national liberation hero, a cultural celebrity honoured by UNESCO and a great friend of the Indian people, he said.

Thanh said the inauguration of the book room was the final event hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy in India this year as part of celebrations marking the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties.

He expressed his belief that such efforts will push forward the practical development of the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership in the future.

Deepika Pokharna, Director of the Indian Ministry of Culture’s National Mission on Libraries and Anthropology, said the book room is expected to strengthen friendship and collaboration between the two countries, and hoped that more similar rooms will be opened in India.

The book room is located at the Central Secretariat Library of India that was founded in 1891 with about 650,000 volumes at present.