National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân (R) receives Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Eleanor Laing in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đức
HÀ NỘI – National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân expressed her wish that Vietnamese and United Kingdom legislatures will exchange legislative experience and capacity for parliament work, especially among young deputies.
She called on visiting Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Eleanor Laing to continue her support for the two countries’ co-operation in science, education and training, including an English teaching programme for Vietnamese NA deputies and officials of NA agencies.
During their meeting yesterday, the host said the UK is an important partner of Việt Nam’s in Europe and the world, with two-way trade reaching US$5.4 billion in 2015, which, however, is still short of potential.
The top legislator said she hopes that Việt Nam will step up its investments and exports to the UK.
Eleanor Laing expressed the UK’s wish to boost affiliation, particularly in trade and economy, with foreign countries, including Việt Nam, she said.
The head of the UK Department for International Trade will soon visit Việt Nam to discuss this issue, she informed.
Regarding the East Sea (South China Sea) issue, Laing said the UK backs the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling as well as the peaceful settlement of the disputes in line with international law.
The same day, Eleanor Laing was received by President of the Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyễn Thiện Nhân who said Việt Nam attaches importance to the partnership with the UK.
He affirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will not affect relations between the two countries.
The VFF leader suggested the two sides’ enterprises expand investment and business links, and called on UK firms to increase their presence in Việt Nam in finance, banking, infrastructure development, insurance, and science-technology, oil and gas, and aviation. – VNS