HA NOI — The National Assembly of Viet Nam would work harder to further develop traditional ties with Bulgaria, said NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung during talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Tsetska Tsacheva.
|The National Assembly of Viet Nam would work harder to further develop traditional ties with Bulgaria, said NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung during talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Tsetska Tsacheva.
The talks took place following an official welcoming ceremony for the chairwoman of the Bulgarian National Assembly in Ha Noi yesterday.
Tsacheva said she admired the Vietnamese people's spirit and the nation's development achievements.
Despite the global economic crisis, she said there was plenty of scope for Viet Nam and Bulgaria to boost co-operation, especially in agriculture, energy, construction, food and healthcare.
Bulgaria, which joined the EU in 2007, was ready to help Viet Nam penetrate the European market, she added.
The leader of the Bulgarian NA said bilateral ties in trade, education, security and defence had gone from strength to strength in recent years.
She expressed her hope that more and more Vietnamese students would come to study in Bulgaria.
Tsacheva also said there was great potential for tourism co-operation between Viet Nam and Bulgaria.
Meanwhile, Hung expressed his belief that relations between the two national assemblies would develop favourably in the coming months and years.
He also said the Vietnamese people always respected Bulgaria's valuable support and assistance during the country's struggle for national liberation and in its current national development.
Hung said Viet Nam was ready to create favourable conditions for Bulgaria to boost co-operation with other ASEAN member countries.
The two leaders agreed on measures to boost ties between the two legislative bodies and facilitate joint programmes and projects.
The two sides also agreed to continue visits by each nation's legislative bodies and to promote bilateral memoranda of understanding.
The two NAs would co-ordinate in supervising the implementation of co-operative agreements and programmes, creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Bulgarian businesses to boost investment, the two leaders said.
The two sides also agreed to continue co-operation and mutual support at multilateral parliamentary forums.
After the talks, Hung and his Bulgarian counterpart signed a memorandum of understanding as a legal foundation for the two law-making bodies to further strengthen their co-operation.
The NA leaders also witnessed the signing of co-operative agreements between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Bulgarian State Commission on Information Security, and between the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science of Bulgaria.
Meetings with President, PM
Also yesterday, President Truong Tan Sang said the visit to Viet Nam by the Bulgarian National Assembly chairwoman would help further enhance friendly relations between the two countries.
Sang said he welcomed the results of talks between Tsacheva and NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and hoped that bilateral ties in all fields, especially in trade, would be boosted.
The President believed that closer ties would open opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises to join the EU market and confirmed that Viet Nam would gladly act as a bridge between Bulgaria and the ASEAN market.
Meeting the Bulgarian NA leader, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told her that Viet Nam always attached great importance to deepening co-operation with Bulgaria in every field.
He affirmed that active developments in multifaceted co-operation between the two countries had brought about practical benefits for both sides.
The Vietnamese Prime Minister thanked Bulgaria for its support during Viet Nam's struggle for national freedom and during its current socio-economic development.
Dung said he hoped that the two countries would effectively implement agreed co-operative programmes, with a focus on trade and investment.
He also said the two countries should strengthen co-operation in education, science and technology, tourism and culture.
Dung added that he hoped Bulgaria would consider increasing official development assistance to Viet Nam and help the country boost co-operation with other EU countries.
He also said Viet Nam was ready to help boost Bulgaria's co-operate with other ASEAN nations. — VNS