|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (right) receives the visiting Hungarian National Assembly Speaker Kover Laszlo. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) always backs and facilitates the promotion of co-operation with traditional friends, including Hungary, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung told the visiting Hungarian NA Speaker Kover Laszlo.
During his talks with Laszlo in Ha Noi yesterday, the top Vietnamese legislator expressed his belief that the visit would mark a new milestone in the links between the two legislative bodies and the two peoples.
Viet Nam considers Hungary a trustworthy friend in the European Union (EU), the NA Chairman affirmed, adding that their affiliation will be a crucial bridge for strengthened relations between the EU and ASEAN member nations.
He thanked the Hungarian NA for its ratification of the EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Co-operation (PCA), expressing his hope that the Hungarian legislature will support the early signing of a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
Speaker Laszlo spoke highly of the regular exchange of delegations between the two countries and the implementation of a co-operative agreement signed by the two legislative bodies in 2009.
He asserted Hungary's foreign policy focus on Asian countries, including Viet Nam, stating that the policy aimed to establish links with new economic partners after the financial crisis in Europe.
Hungary wished to share experiences with Viet Nam in lawmaking and reform, he said, stressing that his visit aims to forge links between the two countries' legislatures.
He said he expected the two sides would step up co-operation between the NA's agencies and co-ordination at international parliamentary forums like the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).
The Speaker suggested the two NAs establish forums through parliamentarian groups to share experiences in parliamentary activities.
In order to expand ties between the two nations, Speaker Laszlo said his country would provide 100 scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in Hungary.
Hungary also wanted to co-operate with Viet Nam in agriculture, water resources management, health care and sustainable development, he added.
The two sides agreed to uphold the important role played by their legislative bodies in implementing national responsibilities in line with the millennium goals adopted recently by the United Nations General Assembly.
They also stressed the need to promote cultural exchanges and tourism in order to promote mutual understanding.
Top leaders' meetings
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) meets with Hungarian National Assembly Speaker Kover Laszlo in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Also yesterday, top leaders of Viet Nam's Party and Government held separate meetings with the visiting Hungarian NA Speaker, during which they expressed the gratitude of Viet Nam to Hungary's help and support during the struggle for national independence in the past as well as nation building at the moment.
During his meeting, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong stressed that Viet Nam always treasured the relationship with traditional partners, including Hungary.
He re-affirmed Viet Nam's determination to strengthen and develop the bilateral relationship with Hungary, especially the relation between the two national assemblies.
Trong thanked the National Assembly, the government and the people of Hungary for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese citizens living and working in the country.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung thanked Hungary for its official development assistance (ODA) in building the Can Tho Oncology Hospital and the Hong (Red) River water supply project.
He asked the Hungarian side to grant scholarships and create conditions for Vietnamese students to study in Hungary.
The Vietnamese PM also asked Hungary to soon recognise Viet Nam's full market economy as well as support the signing of a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the EU.
Speaking to the Vietnamese leaders, Laszlo confirmed that Hungary always saw Viet Nam as an important partner in the region, not only in the past and current time but also in the future.
He said that the Hungarian NA would always support and strengthen the relations between the two countries in all fields, especially in economy, trade, investment, education and training, healthcare, pharmaceutical and agriculture.
He said that the Hungarian government had approved the ODA for an oncology hospital and a water supply project so that they can be implemented next year. — VNS