The Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) always backs and facilitates the promotion of cooperation with traditional partners, including Hungary, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung told Hungarian NA Speaker Kover Laszlo on November 9 in Hanoi during the latter’s official six-day visit to the country.
National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung receives Hungarian National Assembly Speaker Kover Laszlo in Hanoi__Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA
Hung expressed his belief that the visit would mark a new milestone in the links between the two legislative bodies and the two peoples.
Vietnam considers Hungary a trustworthy friend in the European Union (EU), the NA leader affirmed, adding that the two countries’ cooperation would be a crucial bridge for strengthening relations between the EU and ASEAN member nations.
The top Vietnamese legislator said he believed that the two countries’ NAs would do their utmost to tighten the connection between the two Governments and the traditional friendship between Vietnamese and Hungarian people.
He also expressed his hope that the Hungarian legislature would support the signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Free Trade Association as soon as possible.
For his part, Laszlo asserted Hungary’s foreign policy focus on Asian countries, including Vietnam, stating that the policy aimed to establish links with new economic partners.
Hungary wishes to share experience with Vietnam in law making and reform, and cooperate with the country in agriculture, water resources management, healthcare and sustainable development, the Speaker noted.
He said he expected the two sides would step up cooperation between the NA’s agencies and coordination at international parliamentary forums like the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie.
Laszlo suggested establishment of forums through groups of parliamentarians to share parliamentary experience.
During their talks, the two sides agreed to uphold the important role played by their legislative bodies in implementing the national responsibilities in line with the millennium goals adopted recently by the United Nations General Assembly.
They also stressed the need to promote people-to-people exchanges and connections in culture and tourism in order to raise mutual understanding for the benefits of both sides.-(VNS/VLLF)