Vietnam’s National Assembly Speaker welcomes Armenian Prime Minister

NDO/VNA – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam is keen to enhance its ties with the Armenian parliament and always supports the cooperation between the two Governments, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan told Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

NA Chairwoman Ngan had a meeting in Hanoi on July 6 with the Armenian PM, who is paying an official visit to Vietnam.

The host leader congratulated Armenia on its enormous development attainments, improvement of people’s living standards and growing stature in the international arena.

She expressed her delight at the successful talks between the Armenian PM and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and learnt that the two sides reached consensus on orientations and measures for promoting bilateral cooperation in the time ahead.

PM Pashinyan informed his host that the second meeting of the Vietnam-Armenia Inter-governmental Committee and a business forum of the two countries will be held in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia in October this year.

Host and guest said their countries share a sound traditional friendship and have supported each other at international forums as well as the United Nations.

The Armenian PM highly valued Vietnam’s development achievements and growing prestige in the world, asking it to continue supporting his country at international forums, while Chairwoman Ngan said Vietnam always attaches importance to enhancing cooperation with traditional partners, including Armenia.

Although political and diplomatic relations between the two sides have been developing well, delegation exchanges remain modest and economic, trade and investment ties have yet to be on par with the cooperation potential, NA Chairwoman Ngan noted.

She expressed her hope that at the upcoming second meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee, solutions will be devised to strengthen connections in all fields, especially the exchange of all-level delegations to boost trade and investment partnerships.

The free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, of which Armenia is a member, has taken effect. The two countries have also set up an inter-governmental committee for cooperation in economy-trade and science and technology. Meanwhile, Vietnam and the European Union have also signed a free trade agreement.

Chairwoman Ngan asked the two countries to make the full use of the existing mechanisms to strengthen trade and investment links, thus helping to develop their economies.

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