Haitian Senate President wraps up Vietnam visit
President of the Senate of Haiti Youri Latortue left Hanoi on June 20th, concluding his official Vietnam visit at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
President of the Senate of Haiti Youri Latortue pays tribute to the late President Ho Chi Minh. (Source: VNA)
During the stay from June 17th -20th, Latortue held talks with the Vietnamese NA leader, paid courtesy calls to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang, and met Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
He attended a NA plenary session and held working sessions with the Vietnamese military-run telecom provider Viettel and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
During meetings, both sides highlighted the visit as the first exchange of delegations between the two legislatures. They agreed to continue maintaining the exchange of all-level visits and mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums such as the United Nations (U.N.), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
Vietnam asked for Haiti’s support of its bid to become member of the U.N. Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure and the Vietnamese candidate for the post of UNESCO Director General for the 2017-2021 tenure.
The Haitian side expressed wish to promote links across telecommunications, agriculture and gender equality.
On regional and global issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue, the two sides underscored the importance of the settlement of disputes by peaceful means, including diplomatic and legal process in line with international law, including the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Latortue said the principle of respect for international law is the stance of not only Haiti but also 14 Caribbean countries.
Both sides agreed to soon establish bilateral friendship parliamentarians’ groups, share experience in parliamentary activities via visits, as well as work closely together at multilateral parliamentary forums./.