Hungarian Parliament Delegation’s Visit Deepens Bilateral Ties with Vietnam
|First Officer of the Hungarian National Assembly Márta Mátrai hosts by NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R). Photo: VNA|
The visit takes place prior to the 72nd founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries (February 3, 1950 - 2022). It is among activities to maintain visits by senior leaders of the Vietnamese and Hungarian law-making bodies, concretizing the contents discussed and agreed upon between the two parliaments' leaders at an online conference held in late July 2021, according to VNA.
During the trip, Mátrai paid courtesy calls on NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and met with a Permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong.
She also held talks with the Standing Vice Chairman of the NA Tran Thanh Man and attended a reception banquet hosted by the latter.
At these meetings, the two sides said they will maintain and develop the traditional friendship and sound collaboration between the two nations and their legislative bodies. They considered the visit an opportunity for experience sharing and discussion to enhance the two NAs’ cooperation and mutual support at inter-parliamentary forums.
They also informed each other on their respective nation's socio-economic situation and Covid-19 prevention and control and put forth measures to step up bilateral commercial, economic and parliamentary collaboration.
|Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (right) receives First Officer of the Hungarian NA Márta Mátrai in Hanoi on Friday. Photo: VNA|
The Vietnamese leaders thanked Hungary for assisting Vietnam in responding to the pandemic and supporting the signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). Hungary was also the first in the EU to ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
Having appreciated Hungary’s granting of scholarships to Vietnamese students, they stressed that the NA will push for and monitor the implementation of Hungary’s preferential loan package worth 500 million EUR serving development projects.
They also supported the establishment of a Hungarian cultural center in Vietnam and proposed the two nations deepen their parliamentary cooperation toward the effectiveness and practical outcomes.
For her part, Mátrai emphasized that Hungary attaches importance to diplomatic and economic relations with Vietnam. Considering Vietnam is an important trading partner, Hungary wishes to promote projects and agreements signed during Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Vietnam in 2017, she noted.
|National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and First Officer of the Hungarian National Assembly Márta Mátrai,. Photo: daibieunhandan.vn|
|At the talks between Standing Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Tran Thanh Man and First Officer of the Hungarian NA Márta Mátrai in Hanoi. Photo: VNA|
The First Officer expressed her delight at the construction of the Can Tho oncology hospital funded by ODA loans from the Hungarian Government, which is expected to be put into operation this year. She thanked Vietnam for sending medical face masks to Hungary since the beginning of Covid-19.
She hoped that the Hungarian cultural center in Hanoi will soon be inaugurated so that Hungary can share its achievements in science, culture, and arts with the Vietnamese people.
Regarding cooperation between the two National Assemblies, both host and guest showed their hope that the two sides will maintain contacts and coordination, and hold joint seminars to share the legislative experience so as to develop the bilateral collaboration in a substantive and effective manner.
On the occasion, the Hungarian delegation visited Ha Long Bay in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh, as well as toured the NA’s headquarters, and a number of cultural and economic establishments in Hanoi.
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