HA NOI — Viet Nam always attached importance to strengthening and developing the traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation with China for the mutual benefits of both sides as well as peace and development of the region.
Nation Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung made that statement while receiving newly-accredited Chinese Ambassador to Viet Nam Kong Xuanyou in Ha Noi yesterday.
Hung said that both sides should boost the implementation of joint agreements signed by high-ranking leaders and strive to maintain and develop the invaluable asset which in this case was the long-lasting friendship between two countries.
Agreeing with the ambassador's suggestion that the two countries should tighten their partnership to cope with global-scale challenges together, Hung said Viet Nam and China should promote their partnership at the provincial level, particularly in provinces on the shared border.
Ambassador Kong said the two countries should strengthen solidarity and address the issues which the two sides held different perspectives on and co-operate to cope with challenges from outside while pushing relations between the two countries to a new height.
He expressed his wish that both sides would advance the exchange of visits between legislative bodies.
Also yesterday afternoon, NA Chairman Hung received newly-accredited United Nations Resident Co-ordinator in Viet Nam Pratibha Mehta.
Hung expressed his belief that with her capacity and reputation, Mehta would help strengthen the partnership between Viet Nam and UN agencies.
He said as part of the country's comprehensive reform and in order to help Viet Nam fulfil its obligations to the international community, the National Assembly was undertaking studies to make necessary amendments to the Constitution that would better serve the new period of development.
"The National Assembly is striving to refine its constitutional framework to make it easier for deeper integration into the global economy," he said.
Hung said the assembly was also working toward strengthening its supervisory role and helping to execute important national programmes while boosting partnerships with foreign counterparts.
For her part, Mehta said she was glad to see a tighter and more efficient partnership between the United Nations and Viet Nam.
She said Viet Nam had made much progress toward hitting the Millennium Development Goals and affirmed that the United Nations would support Viet Nam in the poverty reduction process, constitutional reform and other legal activities.
Also yesterday, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Swiss Ambassador to Viet Nam Andrej Motyl. — VNS