He was accompanied by Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Deputy Foreign Minister Anil Wadhwa, among others. (VOV) -Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Hanoi on September 14, beginning his State visit to Vietnam through September 17 at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang. During the visit, both sides will review the progress in bilateral cooperation since the mutual visits by President Truong Tan Sang in October, 2011 and Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in November, 2013. They will work out guidelines and measures aimed at boosting the Vietnam-India strategic partnership, while discussing regional and international issues of mutual concern. Since Vietnam and India established diplomatic ties in January 7, 1972, they have become important partners, with bilateral trade increasing by an average 16 percent each year since 2009, reaching the 5.23 billion USD mark in 2013.