National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament István Jakab agreed that Vietnam and Hungary need to focus on further boosting agricultural cooperation at their meeting in Albertirsa, Hungary on June 26.
|National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (left) meets Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament István Jakab in Albertirsa City on June 26.__(Photo: VNA)|
NA Chairman Hue visited Albertirsa on June 26 after arriving in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, in the afternoon of the same day (local time), beginning an official visit at the invitation of the Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary, László Kövér.
The two sides stressed that the traditional friendship between the two countries has been strengthened by their leaders and people of different generations.
They affirmed that there is still ample room for the development of bilateral relations and that the visit will help to enhance Vietnam and Hungary's comprehensive partnership, of which the parliamentary ties are an important pillar.
Chairman Hue expressed his delight that this is his first visit to Hungary as the top legislator and the first visit by a key leader of Vietnam to Hungary during this term.
He appreciated the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary that have continuously developed over the past years.
Political trust has been strengthened by high-ranking visits and meetings between the two countries via all channels; the Party, State, National Assembly and people, according to Chairman Hue.
Particularly, relations between the two countries were elevated to a comprehensive partnership on the occasion of the official visit to Hungary by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in September 2018.
Cooperation in economy and trade between the two countries has also been promoted.
Vietnam is a priority in the development and education cooperation of Hungary.
On this occasion, Chairman Hue thanked the people of Hungary for supporting and assisting Vietnam during its struggle for national liberation in the past and the current national construction and development.
Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian parliament István Jakab affirmed that Hungary is willing to share development values and experience with Vietnam.
Visiting the processing factory of Mirelite Mirsa, Chairman Hue stressed that agriculture, farmers and rural development are always strategic issues for Vietnam.
He said although agriculture accounts for just 12 percent of Vietnam’s economy, it is a pillar of the national economy.
The country exported more than USD 48.5 billion worth of agricultural products in 2021, but the added value of Vietnamese farm produce remained modest due to the low rate of processing.
Hue welcomed the company’s plan to expand business in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam.
Talking to the press on the threshold of the trip, Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam Ory Csaba said it will contribute to fostering the Vietnam-Hungary traditional relations and promise to bring practical benefits.
Parliamentary relations between the two countries are also a very important area of Hungarian diplomacy, the diplomat stated. In the past two years, despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the two NAs still maintained virtually their organization of conferences and seminars for parliamentarians to exchange experiences, he said.
The visit demonstrates the political resolve of both sides to promote parliamentary cooperation, particularly in building and completing a legal corridor to facilitate stable and long-term operation for their investors and businesses and promote collaboration in multiple areas.
In the judicial field, the two supreme procuracies and supreme courts also share close ties, he noted.
Regarding the community of about 5,000 Vietnamese expatriates in Hungary, the ambassador considered them an important and dynamic bridge that links the countries together.-(VNS/VLLF)