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Top legislator urges stronger ties with Italy

Update: January, 07/2014 - 08:24
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung receives visiting Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Marina Sereni in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang

HA NOI (VNS)— National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has call for renewed efforts by Viet Nam and Italy to elevate their economic ties and capitalise on their strategic advantages.

The top legislator made the suggestion yesterday at a meeting with visiting Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Marina Sereni.

Praising the outcomes of talks between Marina Sereni and NA Vice Chairperson Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairman Hung said he hoped Sereni's visit would be a step in strengthening cooperation between the legislative bodies of both countries.

Hung also said he was optimistic about the strategic partnership between the two countries, established during a visit to Italy by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong a year ago, saying the relationship had created opportunities to widen bilateral linkages.

The NA Chairman also paid tribute to Italy's support for Viet Nam's successful organisation of the Vietnamese Year in Italy to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Hung also conveyed greetings to President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini, and said he hoped to receive the President at the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union which Vietnam will host in 2015.

Vice President of the Italian Chamber, Marina Sereni, said her country continued to regard Viet Nam and its people as a valued partner in the Asian region.

Taking the opportunity to call for increased co-operation and encourage businesses in both countries to enter partnerships, Sereni also called for both legislative bodies to tighten co-ordinate at multilateral forums and increase the exchange of delegations.

During earlier talks, Marina and NA Vice Chairwoman Ngan agreed to create favourable conditions for the signing and approval of cooperative agreements between the two legislative bodies.

Under the agreement, the two sides will work together to supervise the implementation of agreements inked by the two Governments, exchange delegations and co-ordinate on legislative efforts.

The two parties will also endeavour to consult on international issues and enhance cooperation at inter-parliamentary forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP).

Ngan affirmed the importance Viet Nam placed on Italy's role and influence in the European region and paid tribute to the country's foreign policy, while Sereni said she was optimistic about the future development of the strategic partnership.

While staying in Viet Nam, the Italian legislator was also received by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, discussing the need to promote links between official agencies, legislatures and Governments and opportunities for co-operation in education, investment and people-to-people exchange. — VNS

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