Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) receives outgoing Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Russia parliamentary relations have enjoyed positive
progress over the recent past, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi
Kim Ngan said on November 27.
She made the remark
while hosting a reception in Hanoi for outgoing Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin
Vnukov and spoke highly of the diplomat’s contributions to strengthening the
Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.
Ngan also sent her
regards and gratitude to Chairwoman of the Federation Council V. Matviyenko and
Chairman of the State Duma V. Volodin for receiving a high-ranking delegation
of the Vietnamese NA during its Russia visit last December.
She noted that the exchange
of parliamentary delegations has been maintained, thereby fostering
collaboration and sharing of information and legislative experience, and
raising the efficiency of each country’s assembly operations, as well as the
implementation of bilateral cooperation deals.
Ngan pointed out that
economic cooperation has made strides in the recent past, with two-way trade surging
to 4.5 billion USD last year from 2.5 billion USD in 2014. Bilateral trade
maintains growth despite the impact of COVID-19, she emphasised.
The leader affirmed that the
Vietnamese NA is always in favour of promoting the multifaceted relations with
Russia in the spirit of the comprehensive strategic partnership, pledging that Vietnam’s
NA and Russia’s State Duma will maintain and foster sessions of the Inter-Parliamentary
Cooperation Commission in an effort to turn it into an effective cooperation
channel between the countries.
As the Chair of ASEAN
and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2020, Vietnam continues to
support and push ahead the ASEAN-Russia strategic partnership, Ngan said,
voicing her gratitude for the Russian President and leaders for working with
Vietnam to fulfill it role as the ASEAN Chair, a non-permanent member of the UN
Security Council for 2020-21 and the AIPA Chair.
She hoped that the two
nations will keep up close cooperation in carrying out foreign policies and handling respective issues in tandem with common interests.
For his part, Vnukov
said members of both houses of the Russian Assembly have paid attention to and
supported sound cooperation with Vietnam.
The Russian side is
preparing for an official Vietnam visit by Chairman of the State Duma Volodin,
in which he is to attend the second meeting of the Vietnam-Russia
Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Committee slated for next year, the diplomat
He took the occasion
to congratulate Vietnam for successfully fulfilling its role as the Chair of ASEAN
and AIPA 41 amid complexities brought by COVID-19, confirming that ASEAN is a
trusted and prioritised partner of Russia in Asia-Pacific.
Vietnam is a role
model in COVID-19 prevention and control, he underlined, adding that Russia
will send a delegation of doctors to work with Vietnam in tackling the disease.
He also vowed to
further contribute to the bilateral ties in his future position./.