02/04/2015 09:34 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam keen on boosting friendship with South Africa

Hanoi, April 1 (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has affirmed the desire and determination of the Party, National Assembly and people of Vietnam in further reinforcing and promoting the traditional ties with the Party, Parliament and people of South Africa.

He made the affirmation during a meeting in Hanoi on April 1 with a delegation from the South African Parliament led by Speaker Baleka Mbete who is also Chairperson of the Africa National Congress (ANC) Party.

The Party leader lauded the South African delegation’s visit and participation in the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132). He thanked the ANC for its solidarity and support to Vietnamese people.

The Party chief declared that Vietnam always treasures the traditional friendship and sound cooperation with South Africa , suggesting that ministries and sectors of both sides work more actively in exploring each other’s potential to boost bilateral cooperation.

Under the ANC leadership, South Africa has gained impressive achievements to become a political and economic centre in Africa , playing an increasing important role in the region and the world, he stated.

On her part, Mbete expressed pleasure at the growing partnership between the two Parties, States and parliaments over the past years. She showed the admiration of South African and African people in general for Vietnam’s struggle for independence in the past as well as current national construction.

Briefing her host on the outcomes of her visit and attendance at the IPU-132, she said she hopes for enhanced solidarity and friendship between the Parties, parliaments and people of Vietnam and South Africa.