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Chilean leaders pledge closer ties with Vietnamese NA

Update: July, 07/2014 - 08:54
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet meets with National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. — Photo Quang Son

SANTIAGO (VNS) — Senior Chilean leaders and officials committed to further facilitating ties with the Vietnamese legislature via visits and international inter-parliamentary forums.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Senate President Isabel Allende, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Aldo Cornejo and Minister and Director of the National Service for Women Claudia Pascual made the pledge while meeting with National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who was on a working visit to Chile from July 3-5.

Both sides discussed the facilitation of visits by Vietnamese and Chilean leaders as well as ways to implement co-operation in promising fields, utilise political consultation mechanisms and bilateral free trade agreements and work closely together on the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Ngan praised Chile's efforts to promote gender equality, especially in terms of political involvement, income, social welfare and women's role in society.

Expressing concern over the latest developments in the East Sea, Chilean leaders voiced support for the peaceful settlement of the dispute in line with international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and agreements signed by parties concerned. — VNS

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