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January, 15 2014 08:44:00

Viet Nam, Spain enhance bilateral ties

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (R) receives First Vice President of the Spanish Senate Juan Jose Lucas Gimenez in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for visiting First Vice President of the Spanish Senate Juan Jose Lucas Gimenez.

Hung said that the visit would contribute to consolidating bilateral ties and promote their strategic partnership.

He spoke highly of the position and role of Spain and its Senate in Europe and said that he hoped the two legislative bodies would strengthen the exchange of all-level delegations.

He also took the opportunity to invite the Senate's leaders to participate in the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to be held in Viet Nam in early 2015.

Gimenez affirmed that his visit aimed to not only consolidate the two countries' fine relationship but also seek measures to boost their bilateral co-operation.

He said that he backed Vietnamese businesses' investment and penetration into the Spanish and European markets and hoped Viet Nam would support Spain in its bid for election to the United Nations Security Council, affirming that his country would co-ordinate closely with Viet Nam at international forums and in issues of mutual concern.

The same day, the guest held talks with NA Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son, during which they pledged to do their utmost to intensify the two countries' friendship.

Son stressed that Viet Nam always attached importance to its partnership with Spain and hoped that Spain would contribute to boosting negotiations for a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the European Union.

The two sides agreed to strengthen experience in lawmaking and high-technology application in order to raise the effectiveness of their legislative activities.

They also reached consensus to continue to promote their consultation mechanisms and support each other at multilateral forums, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting, for peace, national liberation, development and social progress. — VNS

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