|NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung receives President of the German Parliament, Norbert Lammert. — VNA/VNS Photos
HA NOI (VNS) – National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung hosted a reception today for President of the German Parliament, Norbert Lammert, who is in Ha Noi to attend the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132).
Hung welcomed the President and his entourage and stated that their presence at the IPU-132 would contribute significantly to the success of the event.
He extended his sympathies to the country's Parliament and people over the recent Germanwings airplane crash, that left 150 people dead.
The leader affirmed that Viet Nam always treasured its strategic partnership with Germany, wishing that the German Parliament would support the European Union's early ratification of a partnership and cooperation agreement and signing of a free trade agreement with Viet Nam, as well as its recognition of Viet Nam's market economy.
The guest highlighted Viet Nam's increasingly important role in the region, and expressed his belief that Viet Nam would surmount all challenges to develop sustainably and achieve even greater achievements in its nation-building cause.
The German Parliament and people were willing to boost co-operation with Viet Nam, particularly in education, training, science and technology, in the common interest of the two peoples, and for peace and development in the region and the world.
|NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung welcomes the Speaker of India's Lok Sabha (Lower House) Sumitra Mahajan.
On the day, the Vietnamese top legislator also welcomed the Speaker of India's Lok Sabha (Lower House) Sumitra Mahajan, who expressed her delight at visiting Viet Nam.
With the potential it has and the available conditions, Viet Nam would accomplish the Millennium Development Goals and hold an increasingly important position in the international arena, said Mahajan.
Chairman Hung highlighted the two countries' growing relations, saying that India was becoming one of Viet Nam's largest trade partners, with the two-way trade reaching US$5.6 billion.
The Vietnamese NA wished to consolidate and intensify the bilateral ties and cooperate more closely with the Indian side at regional and international forums, he added.
|NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung welcomes Chen Zhu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Congress.
On the occasion of the IPU-132 event, he also welcomed Chen Zhu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Congress.
He expressed his belief that on the basis of the time-honoured neighbourliness and traditional friendship, the two countries would continue exerting efforts to foster mutual cooperation, strengthen mutual trust, and deal with disputes by peaceful means in order to maintain peace and stability in the region.
The Vietnamese NA and people would do their utmost to nurture the relations, he stated, suggesting the two legislative bodies have even more delegation exchanges and share information and experience as well as push for the two governments' prompt implementation of signed agreements.
The Chinese guest spoke highly of Viet Nam's preparations for a large-scale diplomatic event like the IPU-132.
With Viet Nam's thorough preparations and the IPU members' consensus, the assembly would be a success, enhancing Viet Nam's position in the international arena, he added. — VNS