|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives a delegation from the South African Parliament led by Speaker Baleka Mbete in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong reaffirmed the desire of the Party, National Assembly and the Vietnamese people to further reinforce and promote bilateral ties with South Africa.
He was speaking at a meeting held in Ha Noi yesterday to welcome a delegation from the South African Parliament led by Speaker Baleka Mbete, who is also the Chairperson of the Africa National Congress (ANC) Party.
The Party leader welcomed the South African delegation's visit and participation in the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132). He thanked the ANC for its solidarity and support for the Vietnamese people.
The Party chief declared that Viet Nam had always treasured the traditional friendship and sound cooperation it had developed with South Africa, suggesting that ministries and sectors of both countries collaborate more actively to explore each other's potential to boost bilateral cooperation.
Under the ANC's leadership, South Africa had reported impressive achievements and become the political and economic centre of Africa, playing an increasingly important role in the region and the world, he stated.
On her part, Mbete expressed pleasure at the growing partnership between the two parties, states and parliaments over the past few years. She expressed her admiration and that of South Africa and its people in general for Viet Nam's struggle for independence in the past, as well as its current efforts for national construction.
Briefing her host on the outcomes of her visit and attendance at the IPU-132, Mbete said she hoped for enhanced solidarity and friendship between the parties, parliaments and people of Viet Nam and South Africa. — VNS