18/01/2018 16:05 GMT+7 print

Vietnam prioritises strengthening partnership with Russia: NA Chairwoman

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has stated that Vietnam prioritises strengthening comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia.

She made the statement during a reception in Hanoi on January 17 to Vice Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia Karelova Galina Nikolaevna and Deputy Chairwoman of the State Duma of Russia Epifanova Olga Nikolaevna on the occasion of their trip to Vietnam to attend the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26).

Speaking highly of mutual support in multilateral forums, especially in the United Nations, the NA Chairwoman asked Russia to back Vietnam’s run for non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

As two-way trade hit 3.2 billion USD as of the late November 2017, she suggested continuing to effectively realise the Vietnam-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement that took effect in 2016 to maintain trade growth.

The host wished that the Russian parliament will provide necessary legal assistance to sign an agreement on food quality control, thus making it easier for Vietnamese firms to export farm and aquatic produce to Russia.

She called for providing all possible support for the two countries’ oil and gas joint-ventures to operate effectively, and affirmed that Vietnam backs Russia in new energy, railway and metro construction projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam is willing to support the establishment of an automobile manufacturing joint-venture in the near future, she said.

Ngan also wished to receive Russia’s assistance in milch cow farming and milk processing, and clean vegetables farming projects.

She said the Vietnamese NA always actively join parliamentary cooperation activities hosted by Russia, and wished that the two legislatures will continue working closely within the framework of the multilateral parliamentary cooperation such as the International Parliamentary Union and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting.

Vice Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia Karelova GalinaNikolaevna, for her part, informed the host that the Russian delegation prepares five draft resolutions on specific issues for consideration at the APPF-26.

She said Russia attaches importance to promoting trade-economic link, tourism and cultural exchange with Vietnam.

The guest also took the occasion to invite the Vietnamese top legislator to attend the Asia-Europe Women’s Forum in Russia this year.