|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (R) receives Timor Leste Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanama Gusmao in Ha Noi.—VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOi (VNS)— National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has expressed his wish to expand co-operation between Vietnamese and Timor Leste legislatures by facilitating visits of high-ranking delegations, including those from NA bodies.
Receiving Timor Leste Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanama Gusmao in Ha Noi yesterday, Hung said the exchange of visits helped the two sides to share legislation experience and work together effectively at regional and global parliamentarian forums.
Viet Nam always treasured multifaceted co-operation with Timor Leste within both bilateral and multilateral frameworks, he noted.
The top legislator also suggested the early signing of an agreement on investment protection and a legal foundation for business co-operation.
Referring to international relations, the host thanked Timor Leste for backing Viet Nam's bid for a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2014-16 tenure as well as the country's stance on the East Sea issue.
Gusmao said Timor Leste was implementing a 2011-16 development scheme which focused on resources and human development.
As a young nation with a population of 1.2 million, Timor Leste expected to expand co-operation with other countries including Viet Nam and learn from their national development experience, he added.
He voiced his hope that Viet Nam will support Timor Leste's bid to join ASEAN, contributing to building a more prosperous community in the future.
HCM City and Timor Leste have agreed to improve bilateral relations in many fields following an official visit by the Prime Minister Gusmao to the city yesterday.
Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the HCM City People's Council, welcomed the Prime Minister and his party and explained the city's socio-economic situation.
"The city hopes to enhance bilateral ties between the two nations and between Timor Leste and HCM City in particular after the visit," she added.
Gusmao said he wanted to learn from the experience of HCM City in building a model to manage and organise the local government system. — VNS