Vietnam and India Collaborate to Celebrate Traditional Martial Arts with Commemorative Stamp Set

Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties, India's Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Vietnam's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son unveiled commemorative stamps together.

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A joint set of postage stamps between Vietnam and India was released in Hanoi on October 16 to promote cultural exchange between the two countries, according to VNA.

The stamps were jointly issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian Embassy in Vietnam, and the Vietnam Post Corporation.

Vietnam- India Joint Stamp Set Promotes Traditional Martial Arts
Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar jointly unveiled the commemorative stamps celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries, together with Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son. Photo: VNA

The set consists of two 43x32mm stamps featuring Vovinam and Kalarippayattu, traditional martial arts of Vietnam and India. The stamps also include an image of the combined flags of the two countries.

The stamp depicting Kalarippayattu was designed by Indian painter Brahma Prakash, while the one featuring Vovinam was designed by Vietnamese painter Pham Trung Ha.

The stamps will be available for purchase at postal networks and offices from October 6, 2023, to June 30, 2025.

Vietnam- India Joint Stamp Set Promotes Traditional Martial Arts
The stamps depicting Kalaripayattu and Vovinam highlight our shared passion for sports and celebrate the strong cultural, social, and people-to-people connections between Vietnam and India. Photo: VNA

Hoang Bao Ngoc, deputy director of the MIC’s Department of Posts, stated that the launch of the joint stamps signifies the development of the Vietnam-India friendship, cooperation, people-to-people exchanges, and comprehensive strategic partnership.

Vietnam and India officially established diplomatic relations on January 7, 1972, and elevated their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016.

On January 25, 2018, a set of joint postage stamps was also launched by the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications and the Indian Ministry of Communications to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership, and the first anniversary of the comprehensive strategic partnership.

During the same day, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar co-chaired the 18th meeting of the Vietnam-India Joint Committee for Economic, Trade, Science, and Technology Cooperation in Hanoi.

At the meeting, the two sides reviewed and assessed the bilateral relations since the 17th meeting in August 2020 and the implementation of the action plan for the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership for the 2021-2023 period.

Both sides agreed to enhance the exchange of delegations and meetings at all levels between the two countries, maintain the effective implementation of existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and soon establish the dialogue mechanism on economic diplomacy at the deputy foreign minister level.

Hannah Nguyen