NA chairman greets UK's Prince Andrew
|NA chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung receives Prince Andrew, who is on a working visit to Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and the UK's parliaments should increase exchanges of high-ranking delegations to share experiences of law making and supervising.
Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung made the statement yesterday while receiving Prince Andrew – Duke of York who is on a working visit to Viet Nam.
He applauded the Prince's visit on the occasion of the two countries celebrating their 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
The NA leader thanked the British Royal Family, parliament and people for their support over the past years, especially the country's ODA capital provision which had helped Viet Nam to implement its socio-economic development policies.
Hung asked his guest to continue to support the UK government's supply of ODA, saying that the two sides should enhance co-operation in fields in which the Great Britain was strong and Viet Nam had demand, such as climate change, green technology development and scientific research.
This year, the two countries will strive to reach bilateral trade value of US$4 billion, and the UK investment in Viet Nam is expected to reach $3 billion.
For his part, Prince Andrew said he would continue his efforts to boost the strategic partnership between the UK and Viet Nam, adding that he believed that previous bilateral co-operation would be the foundation for the two sides to grasp new opportunities.
He expressed his wish that the two countries' parliaments and politicians would work together and support each other in international and regional forums of issues of mutual concerns for peace, stability and development.
The same day, Prince Andrew was also welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.
During the meeting, Nhan said the Vietnamese State and Government highly appreciated long-term British investment in Viet Nam.
The Prince highlighted the necessity of boosting bilateral co-operation in education, adding that the opening of the Viet Nam-UK University would be an important breakthrough in education co-operation between the two countries.— VNS