Top Legislator Receives Several Foreign Ambassadors in Hanoi

The Vietnam's top legislator hosted several ambassadors in Hanoi
June 01, 2022 | 08:12

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue hosted receptions for ambassadors of Bulgaria and Hungary in Hanoi on May 31, reported VNA.

Top legislator Receives Several Ambassadors
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Bulgarian Ambassador Marinela Petkova. Photo: VNA

At a meeting with Bulgarian Ambassador Marinela Petkova, Hue reiterated Vietnam’s foreign policy of attaching importance to, consolidating and promoting friendship, multi-faceted and long-term cooperation with traditional friends, including Bulgaria.

The Vietnamese NA will work to continuously enhance the relations between the two countries, their legislatures and peoples, he pledged.

Highlighting cooperation outcomes between the two countries, the Vietnamese top legislator said two-way trade revenue in 2021 doubled that recorded in the previous year.

The legislative ties have also been maintained over the past years, he said, adding that the two sides have supported each other at regional and international parliamentary forums.

In reply, Ambassador Petkova emphasised that Bulgaria is one of the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with Vietnam, and the traditional friendship is thriving.

She suggested the two countries foster cooperation after two years of Covid-19, saying Vietnam is Bulgaria’s partner in Southeast Asia and Asia at large.

As a member of the European Union (EU), Bulgaria wishes to expand collaboration with Vietnam – a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), she said.

The diplomat agreed with Hue’s view that the two countries should beef up their cooperation and friendship via Party, State, Government and NA channels, as well as people-to-people exchange.

She promised to make more contributions to strengthening the bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, investment, education, training and tourism, making it on par with the time-honoured friendship.

Hue said he hopes that the ambassador will continue to coordinate closely with Vietnamese agencies to take measures helping to deepen and advance the relationship, for the sake of the two peoples.

Vietnam and Bulgaria set up diplomatic ties on February 8, 1950.

Receiving Hungarian Ambassador Ory Csaba, Hue commended the diplomat’s active contributions to the Vietnam-Hungary relations over the past years.

Top legislator Receives Several Ambassadors
NA Vuong Dinh Hue and Hungarian Ambassador Ory Csaba. Photo: VNA

He said Vietnam always treasures and hopes to forge its multi-faceted cooperation with Hungary – Vietnam’s first comprehensive partner in Central and Eastern Europe.

He lauded the positive progress in the bilateral relationship, with high-level meetings and visits by leaders of the two countries. Notably, during the visit to Hungary by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in 2018, the two sides upgraded their relationship to a comprehensive partnership, which demonstrates the leaders’ resolve to deepen the ties.

Csaba, for his part, said the cooperation agreement reached by the two legislatures has contributed to deepening the legislative relations, adding that thematic seminars held within the framework of the agreement have proven effective.

In this regard, Hue said such thematic seminars have offered opportunities for parliamentarians of the two countries to exchange experience in lawmaking, and the agreement should be further rolled out.

The two sides compared notes on legislative cooperation in culture, health care and education, among others.

Hue urged the ambassador to continue its close coordination with Vietnamese ministries and agencies to deepen the comprehensive partnership.

Last week, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son held phone talks with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó during which they rejoiced at achievements in economic cooperation as two-way trade surpassed USD 1 billion in 2021, and concurred to further make use of their strength and potential and step up collaboration in an effective and pragmatic manner.

Both sides will actively prepare for the 10th meeting of the Vietnam-Hungary Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation in the time ahead.

Vietnam and Hungary set up their diplomatic relations in 1950.

Earlier on May 30, Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue hosted a reception for British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward.

Top legislator Receives Several Ambassadors
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) receives British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward. Photo: VNA

NA Chairman Hue thanked the diplomat for his contributions to boosting the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership.

He stressed that since the two countries established the strategic partnership in 2010, the bilateral relationship has been increasingly developing.

Both sides have coordinated in effectively implementing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, maintained coordination at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations and its Security Council, and within the framework of the Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM) and ASEAN - UK.

He also appreciated the fine developments in the cooperation between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the British Parliament over the past years.

The two sides have maintained delegation exchanges at all levels, as well as meetings and consultations at multilateral parliamentary forums, especially at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP).

Emphasising that the effective cooperation between the two legislative bodies is an important factor contributing to further promoting the Vietnam - UK Strategic Partnership, Hue showed his wish that Ambassador Gareth will continue to act as a bridge strengthening the bilateral ties, and propose cooperation activities towards the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2023.

Gareth said the British Government appreciates Vietnam's commitment at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) and its orientations for sustainable and green development.

He stressed the potential for cooperation between the two legislatures in such areas as improving transparency in public governance, building a legal framework for the digital economy, and developing high technology.

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