The Hanoitimes - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan had separate meetings in Hanoi on February 24 with Japanese and Thai Ambassadors to Vietnam, Umeda Kunio and Manopchai Vongphakdi.
At the reception for Japanese Ambassador Umeda Kunio, Chairwoman Ngan said the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) highly values and attaches importance to the up-coming visit to Vietnam by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, and adding that Vietnam is actively preparing for the trip.
The Chairwoman expressed her wish that relations between the legislative bodies of Vietnam and Japan will be boosted in the coming time, especially among young NA deputies.
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio.
She suggested the ambassador to work with Vietnam’s authorised agencies and the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan to increase the exchange of delegations among specialised agencies of the two legislatures.
For his part, Ambassador Umeda Kunio affirmed that Vietnam is an important partner of Japan, adding that the upcoming visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will contribute to strengthening mutual understanding between the two countries’ people, as well as promoting the “Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia” between Vietnam and Japan.
During the meeting with Thai Ambassador Vongphakdi, the NA leader expressed her delight at the fruitful development of the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership, especially in politics, economy, trade and investment.
She hailed Thai companies’ investment activities in Vietnam, and affirmed that the Vietnamese NA is willing to create favourable conditions in terms of policy and law for foreign firms, including those from Thailand, to invest in Vietnam.
The National Assembly Chairwoman receives Thai Ambassadors to Vietnam Manopchai Vongphakdi.
Chairwoman Ngan called on Thailand to increase the import of products from Vietnam to balance the bilateral trade value.
The Chairwoman highly appreciated the cooperation between the two legislative bodies, especially their coordination in regional and international forums such the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), as well as cooperative activities among friendship parliamentarian groups.
She expressed her hope that the diplomat will make more contribution to effectively bolster cooperation between the two countries.
Chairwoman Ngan took the occasion to ask the Thai side to continue cooperating with Vietnam and other member countries of the Mekong River Commission in solving issues related to water security, sustainably managing and using water resources of the Mekong River.
Ambassador Vongphakdi affirmed the Thai Government is willing to support Thai firms to invest and do business in Vietnam.
Beside dragon fruits, Thailand will import litchis, handicraft products, canned coconut water, and decorations from Vietnam, the diplomat said.
Translated by Thu Minh