Vietnamese, Russian legislatures set for stronger ties

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Vietnamese, Russian legislatures set for stronger ties

National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong proposed the legislatures of Vietnam and Russia foster ties through exchanging all-level delegations, diversifying bilateral ties, fostering people-to-people diplomacy, and sharing experiences in making law.

In a meeting with Chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia’s Federal Assembly Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko on September 19 as part of the 35th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-35) in Laos , Phong said the National Assembly of Vietnam will do its utmost to strengthen the comprehensive strategic cooperation with Russia in the future.

The two bodies should promote their roles in supervising the implementation of agreements reached by the two governments, she said, adding that the cooperation agreement of 2012 has created a legal foundation for stepping up bilateral links in the field.

Phong also called on the Russian State Duma to support the negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan as well as create favourable conditions for Vietnamese people to live and work in the country.

On her part, Matviyenko expressed her hope that Vietnam-Russia relations would be tightened in times to come, in line with the bilateral comprehensive cooperation strategy, suggesting that the two legislatures continue to bolster mutual support at global parliamentary forums.

She said Russia is willing to help Vietnam develop its global positioning system and accelerate the implementation of a cooperation agreement involving the Dung Quat oil refinery project in Vietnam .

The Russian legislator affirmed that the Russian Government would provide more scholarships for Vietnamese students, and help Vietnam train its human resources in the future.

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