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NA leader calls for closer legislative ties with US

Update: August, 05/2014 - 09:24
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (right) receives Senator Bob Corker, Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnamese National Assembly wanted to boost ties with the US Congress and people, said NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung yesterday.

Hung was speaking while receiving US Senator and member of the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker.

The two sides spoke of more visits by delegations to share experiences in law building.

They also discussed the East Sea issue. Hung reiterated Viet Nam's consistent policy of maintaining peace and friendship with China and other countries in the region and the world.

Hung reaffirmed Viet Nam's stand in taking peaceful and diplomatic measures, with consideration of legal solutions, to protect its sovereignty on the basis of international law.

Corker said the US opposed China's recent illegal installment of the Haiyang Shiyou-981oil rig in waters of the South China Sea (East Sea).

He said the two countries were working actively for the signing of many important co-operation documents and agreements, creating a momentum for developing ties.

Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh meets Senator Bob Corker, Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, yesterday in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo

Later, the US Senator was received by Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister Pham BInh Minh.

Minh said he was pleased at the progress made in the relations between the two countries in trade, education, science and technology, particularly since the two countries established a comprehensive partnership in 2013.

He proposed the US Senator and the US Parliament support and promote the exchange of delegations as well as trade, commerce and investment relations.

Corker said he wished Viet Nam, the US and other countries would soon complete negotiations for the signing of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which was "an opportunity for countries to open their markets".

On the same day, the US Senator met Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh who said the Vietnamese Government and army attached much importance to developing defence ties with other countries, including the US. — VNS

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