|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (right) meets President of the Swiss State Council (Upper House) Hannes Germann as part of his visit to Switzerland. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
BERN (VNS)— National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung met President of the Swiss State Council (Upper House) Hannes Germann and attended a parliamentary plenary session yesterday before concluding his official visit to Switzerland.
Elucidating the finer details of his visit to the host, Hung said his current visit aims to deepen friendship and all-round cooperation between the two countries, and their legislative bodies in particular, in order to forge stronger inter-regional and international ties.
Hung was optimistic that there will be further progress in negotiations on a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the European Free Trade Association, including Switzerland, thus helping to boost trade between the two countries and pave the way for ambitious businesses.
He hailed the coordination and mutual support between Viet Nam and Switzerland in international organisations and multilateral forums, particularly the United Nations and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), while assuring that Viet Nam will continue to support Switzerland in increasing its ties with ASEAN and other Southeast Asian nations.
Hung suggested that both the legislative bodies should coordinate more closely at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Francophone Parliamentary Alliance.
On the occasion, Hung invited Germann to attend the IPU-132, which will be held in Viet Nam next year.
On his part, German agreed that parliamentary cooperation is one of the most effective channels for improving relations between the two countries.
He proposed that both sides should increase their ties, including the exchange of experience in law-making and supervision, while accelerating the implementation of outstanding agreements.
Later during the day, Hung left Bern for Roma, starting his official visit to Italy at the invitation of President of the Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) Laura Boldrini. — VNS