HA NOI — National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan yesterday held separate talks with UNICEF Chief Representative in Viet Nam Lotta Sylwander and Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.
During her meeting with Sylwander, Ngan said Viet Nam appreciated UNICEF's help in fostering social and cultural development in the country and thanked the organisation for its co-operation in implementing policies on the care of Vietnamese children.
The legislator expressed her wish that UNICEF would assist Viet Nam in building laws for the protection and implementation of child rights.
While receiving the Irish minister, Ngan stressed that the protection, care and education of children and the protection of their rights in particular remained one of the major priorities of Viet Nam's human development strategy.
Regarding bilateral ties, Ngan said she was pleased with recent important developments in the two countries' relationship, especially in development co-operation, economics, trade and investment, and education and training.
The NA Vice Chairwoman thanked the Irish Government and people for their ODA provision for Viet Nam, which she said had helped the country effectively implement its socio-economic development and poverty reduction policies.
She affirmed that Viet Nam had always valued its friendship and multifaceted co-operation with Ireland, and emphasised that development co-operation remained a top priority in bilateral relations.
The same day, the Irish Minister was also welcomed by Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong. During their meeting, both ministers reiterated their strong commitment to working together to reach an agreement for inter-country adoption between Viet Nam and Ireland. — VNS