|NA Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets with a UK parliamentary delegation led by Alistair Burt in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — The National Assembly of Viet Nam is willing to boost co-operation with the Syrian parliament bilaterally and multilaterally, said NA Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan while meeting with Speaker of the Syrian People's Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham in Ha Noi yesterday.
She expressed her hope that the countries' legislative delegations would support each other at inter-parliamentary forums and exchange international matters of shared interest.
The official noted closer parliamentary collaboration would help deepen the solidarity and friendship between the two countries, adding that Viet Nam was closely following the situation in Syria and hoped the Western Asian country would regain stability and peace soon.
Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham said he was impressed with Viet Nam's organisation of the IPU-132, and hoped the two countries would intensify co-operation in various fields.
Ngan also held a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday with a UK parliamentary delegation led by Alistair Burt, during which she expressed her delight at the growing relations between the two countries across all sectors.
Along with organising meetings among top leaders, both sides had strengthened political and economic consultations, promoting mutual understanding and trust as well as bilateral co-operation, she said.
She said Viet Nam and the UK should continue their close co-ordination at multilateral forums and international organisations, especially at the United Nations, Asia-Europe Meetings and ASEAN-EU co-operative efforts.
Viet Nam appreciated the UK Parliament's approval of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between Viet Nam and the EU, she stated, expressing her hope that the UK Parliament would continue supporting Viet Nam's ties with the union.
The NA Vice Chairwoman also voiced her wish for the UK Parliament to push the EU's approval of the PCA as well as the finalisation and signing of a Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement, while recognising Viet Nam's market economy.
For his part, Burt lauded Viet Nam's successful hosting of the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
He said that Viet Nam was on a rapid development path that was set to continue.
He said he hoped both sides would foster co-operation in the fields of finance, science-technology, education and culture. — VNS