Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân hosted a reception yesterday for Hungarian Chief Prosecutor Peter Polt who is on visiting Việt Nam to expand co-operation with the country’s Supreme People’s Procuracy.
Welcoming Polt to Việt Nam, Ngân said his visit would consolidate and enhance the relations between Việt Nam and Hungary, particularly in the judicial area.
She also highly spoke of the two countries’ long-standing friendship and multifaceted co-operation, which have flourished since they established diplomatic ties nearly seven decades ago. Hungary had provided tremendous support for Việt Nam during its struggle for national independence, she said, noting that thousands of Vietnamese students had trained in Hungary, many of whom now held important positions at government organisations.
She highlighted Hungary’s continued support for Việt Nam today as a key partner in Southeast Asia.
Polt said he was happy to visit Việt Nam for the second time, while hailing the official visit of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam Nguyễn Phú Trọng to Hungary last week, during which the two countries lifted their relations to a Comprehensive Partnership.
He also updated his host on the results of his meeting with leaders of the Supreme People’s Procuracy of Việt Nam, saying that the two sides agreed to be strategic partners and expand their collaboration in the prevention of high-tech and economic crimes and corruption. They also planned to foster joint personnel training and build strategies for development.
Delighted at the news, Ngân said she expected the co-operation between the two supreme procuracies to grow in the future and hoped that both sides would increase delegation exchanges to share experience and learn from one another.
Polt agreed with Ngân, saying that Hungary would double the number of scholarships offered to Vietnamese procuratorial officials looking to study in the European country.
Việt Nam and Hungary established diplomatic ties on February 3, 1950. Over the past few years, active progress has been made in bilateral relations, with high political trust and a regular exchanges of delegations, especially at high levels through Party, Government, National Assembly and local channels.
Bilateral ties have seen significant progress in law-making, justice, national defence-security, healthcare, education-training and partnerships between localities.
Education is a traditional co-operation sphere and a spotlight for Việt Nam-Hungary ties. In recent years, Hungary has been the only country in Eastern Europe to consistently increase the number of scholarships it offers Vietnamese students. The Government of Hungary is committed to providing 200 scholarships for Vietnamese students each year and has assisted Việt Nam in building a 500-bed oncology hospital in the Mekong Delta City of Cần Thơ. — VNS