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Visiting Chilean lawmaker boosts multifaceted ties

Update: February, 29/2012 - 09:59


National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung receives Chilean Senate President Guido Girardi Lavin yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
HA NOI — Viet Nam is ready to co-operate with Chile in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture production, environmental protection and climate change adaptation.

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung made the above remarks whilst receiving Chilean Senate President Guido Girardin Lavin in the capital yesterday.

Hung expressed his thanks for Chile's support during the war for national salvation and the country's current reconstruction and development process.

He said the Chilean Senate President's visit would further consolidate the traditional friendship between the two nations and parliaments.

Senate President Lavin told his host that Chile wanted to co-operate with Viet Nam in the application of advanced science and technology in mineral exploration and exploitation in order to protect the environment.

"We want to share our experiences in agricultural processing, fruit export, foodstuff technology and salmon rearing," Lavin said.

Hung expressed Viet Nam's high regard for its co-operation with Chile as well as other countries on the Latin American continent.

"Viet Nam is willing to serve as a bridge for Chile to expand co-operation with additional countries in Southeast Asia," Hung said.

He asked the Chilean parliament to co-ordinate with Viet Nam at APEC and EU meetings as well as the World Parliamentary Forum.

During talks, the two sides shared information regarding their separate socio-economic development situations and agreed to tighten the relationship between the two legislative bodies.

The Chilean delegation later met with President Truong Tan Sang in Ha Noi.

Sang asked the Chilean lawmaker to create favourable conditions for establishing direct flights between the two countries.

He also said the traditional friendship between the two countries would serve as a good ground for the bilateral trade to improve and help expand each other's markets to Southeast Asia and Latin America.

In response, the top Chilean lawmaker said Chile had signed free trade agreements with most of its neighbouring countries, which would help Vietnamese products access these markets.

He said he saw eye-to-eye with Hung on the necessity of a new direct air route.

He also said mineral exploitation, environment, culture and education were Chile's priorities for co-operation with Viet Nam. — VNS

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