"We have great admiration for the unconquerable spirit of the Vietnamese people, for their determination to succeed against all odds and their tenacity and fortitude against even the most powerful adversaries," he said, adding that the same attributes and national character were driving its economic growth and development.
"These have resulted in increased prosperity and better living standards of your people. This progress is testimony to the inspirational leadership of this country and the perseverance of its people," the president said.
Mukherjee also noted that the two countries have been closely linked over the centuries by mutually beneficial trade and peaceful contacts, like the "most enduring bond of their common Buddhist heritage" as well as sharing a history of struggle for independence from colonial rule. He, however, stressed that the two nations "have now made a transition from the era of post-colonial solidarity and entered a new phase of strategic engagement as natural partners" and well as two of the fastest growing economies in the world. Expressing confidence that their dialog and partnership will only strengthen in the years to come, he assured Vietnam that India will always remain its "reliable and all-weather friend".