National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng (R) receives Chairwoman of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee Gabriela Cuevas Barron in Hà Nội yesterday.— Photo quochoi.vn
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Mexico need to promote co-operation between their parliamentary friendship groups, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng said while receiving Chairwoman of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee Gabriela Cuevas Barron in Hà Nội yesterday.
Expressing delight at the development of bilateral relations in economy, politics, culture and society, Phóng affirmed that Mexico is Việt Nam’s leading trade partner in Central America.
While lauding Senator Barron’s candidacy for President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Phóng said that with her experience, competence and leadership capacity, she would receive great support from IPU member parliaments.
For her part, the Mexican Senator said she had been impressed by Vietnamese people and their achievements in national construction and development during three visits to the country.
This visit would create opportunities for both sides to exchange views on bilateral and multilateral issues, she said, adding that Mexico expects Việt Nam to back its candidacy for IPU chairmanship for 2017-2020.
She also hoped that the two countries would enhance collaboration in IPU activities in the future.
Barron on the same day met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh.
Minh said that co-operation between Vietnamese and Mexican legislative bodies had contributed to the development of bilateral relations, adding that the Vietnamese Government offers full support for increasing parliamentary co-operation with Mexico.
Praising the growth of Việt Nam – Mexico relations in politics, trade and co-operation at international organisations and multilateral forums, the Deputy PM asked Mexico to help expand the ties, which would contribute to the success of the APEC Year 2017 and Economic Leaders’ Week in Việt Nam.
For her part, Barron stressed that Mexican leaders and the Senate valued and wanted to bolster comprehensive co-operation with Việt Nam. — VNS