|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (right) receives Chairman of El Salvador's Legislative Assembly Sigfrido Reyes in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
HA NOI (VNS)— National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has described the visit of the Chairman of El Salvador's Legislative Assembly to Viet Nam as an important milestone in the development of ties between the two nations and the regions of Southeast Asia and Central America.
During his discussions with Chairman Sigfrido Reyes in Ha Noi yesterday, Hung hailed the first visit to Viet Nam by a representative from El Salvador since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 2010.
He stressed that Viet Nam and El Salvador had enjoyed a time-honoured relationship since Viet Nam was engulfed in its fight for national liberation and unification.
The host suggested Reyes urge his Government to recognise Viet Nam as a market economy and make it easier for Vietnamese enterprises to invest in the Latin American country.
Hung called for both sides to share knowledge and expertise, promote the exchange of delegations at all levels and work together closely at multilateral forums.
Reyes confirmed that his visit aims to uncover opportunities for co-operation between the two legislative bodies and peoples.
He also expressed his wish for the partners to share their experiences of reducing poverty and ensuring social welfare.
El Salvador is keen to co-operate more extensively with Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific nations through its friendship with Viet Nam, he added.
Aside from discussing the regional and global situation and issues of mutual concern, the two leaders also agreed to establish close and regular links between the two legislatures to raise understanding and launch joint political, diplomatic, cultural and tourism co-operation projects.
On the same day, the guest was also invited to meetings with the Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Truong Tan Sang.
Party leader Trong reinforced Viet Nam's wishes to promote friendly and co-operative relations with El Salvador and other Latin American countries. He hoped that bilateral relations could continue to grow, especially in trade and investment.
In a separate meeting, President Sang said that he two sides must work closely together at international and multilateral forums such as the United Nations (UN) and World Trade Organisation (WTO).
In response, Reyes pledged that El Salvador would create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses in textiles, electronics and telecommunications to invest in his country. He also stated that his country's companies would be encouraged to access the Vietnamese market and its 90-million population.
He also hoped Viet Nam would continue its role in international forums and affirmed that El Salvador backs Viet Nam's participation in the UN's agencies. — VNS