MOSCOW — The Russian Duma will beef up its relations with Viet Nam's National Assembly, including exchanges of experience in lawmaking and legislative orersight, said the Duma's acting chairman, Ivan I. Melnikov Ivan at a meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Moscow on Saturday.
|President Truong Tan Sang (third from left) visits the Khosedayusskoye oil field in the Nenets Autonomous Area, where he witnessed the first oil flows from the Rusvietpetro joint venture. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
Melnikov also described Sang's state visit as an important milestone in the tradition of friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and Viet Nam.
Sang urged the Duma to assist Viet Nam in improving the professional capacity of it National Assembly deputies and praised the close co-operation between the two legislative bodies, including the regular exchange of delegations and enhanced co-ordination at regional and international inter-parliamentary fora.
Both Melnikov and Sang expressed hopes that the two legislative bodies would continue boosting exchanges at all levels and co-operation in the international arena. They each lauded the establishment of Viet Nam-Russia friendship parliamentary groups and committed to create the best conditions for them to make contributions to comprehensive ties between the two countries.
Also on Saturday, Sang visited the site of the Ha Noi-Moscow Hotel, Trade and Culture Centre under construction on a 4.9ha area in northeastern Moscow. The centre is expected to open later next year after four years of construction.
That night, at a reception held for Russian experts who helped build the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Viet Nam, Sang expressed gratitude for the contributions of Russian experts during the difficult period of Viet Nam's history. The contributions of the Russian military experts who stood side by side with Vietnamese people during the struggle for national liberation and of the experts would forever be a symbol of the noble friendship of the Vietnamese and Russian peoples, Sang said.
Oil venture launched
Sang yesterday also visited Naryan-mar, the capital city of the Nenets Autonomous Region in Russia, where he attended a ceremony celebrating the first oil streams from Khosedayusskoye, an oil field operated by the Rusvietpetro joint venture.
Sang met with Nenets governor I.G. Fedorov, who affirmed that the oil field was not only the result of not business co-operation but also the tradition of friendly relations between the two countries.
He suggested that relevant agencies in Viet Nam do more research into Nenets's potential advantages for trade and investment.
Sang lauded the co-operation among localities of Viet Nam and the Nenets Autonomous Region and stressed that this played an important role in strengthening the two countries' relations, as built by leaders and the two peoples for decades. He expessed gratitude to Nenets and its leadership for assisting Vietnamese enterprises to do businesses in the region. — VNS