|Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu meets with Porto mayor Rui Moreira in the city on June 27. — VNA/VNS Photo Do Hung
LISBON (VNS)— Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu has said he is optimistic that cooperation between Viet Nam and Portugal's law-making bodies will strengthen in the near future.
Meeting with Vice President of the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic Antonio Filipe in Lisbon on Thursday, Luu said he was happy to see the two sides negotiating a range of cooperation agreements, including on investment, tax avoidance, tourism and technological development.
The agreements aimed to provide a legal foundation to strengthen bilateral economic, trade and investment ties in future, said Luu.
He said that while bilateral trade between the two countries had reached US$279 million in 2013, nearly double that achieved in 2012, it remained below their potential.
He also briefed his host on the current tension in the East Sea regarding China's illegal placement of its oil rig deep inside Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, seriously violating Viet Nam's sovereignty.
The Vietnamese official thanked the Portuguese Government for its support of the EU's statement on the issue.
Filipe said as head of the Portuguese Communist Party parliamentarians' group in the parliament, he had maintained a close eye on the disputes between Viet Nam and China and China's illegal actions in Vietnamese waters.
Filipe added that he would propose the establishment of a Portugal-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Group to the Portuguese parliament and suggested the formation of a similar group in Viet Nam. — VNS