NA Chairwoman welcomes Iranian Parliament Speaker’s visit

08:30 | 17/04/2018 Events

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has expressed belief that the ongoing visit by Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani will contribute to consolidating traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Iran.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and the Iranian delegation - Photo: VNA

During talks with the Iranian parliament leader following a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on April 16, NA Chairwoman Ngan lauded the effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as Iran nuclear deal, which she said, has facilitated socio-economic development of Iran.

She called for close coordination between the two countries to lift two-way trade to US$2 billion with attention given to specific fields. The Vietnamese NA leader expressed the wish to soon receive Iran’s diplomatic note supporting Vietnam’s run for a seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021, as agreed by the two countries’ leaders.

Larijani, for his part, congratulated the Vietnamese NA on successfully holding the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum. He said he believed that the two countries will achieve the trade target, adding that Iran can assist Vietnam in the field of oil and gas, and wants to learn from Vietnam’s experience in agriculture.

The Iranian parliament speaker suggested boosting ties in potential fields such as pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, bank connectivity, tourism-culture, film, television, and exchange of lecturers and students. He said while the two sides had operated several chartered flights, they need to consider launching direct flight service to step up economic, trade and tourism development.

Regarding parliamentary ties, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that parliamentary relations are an important channel in Vietnam’s foreign policy. She expressed his hope that the two parliaments will bolster delegation exchanges at all levels, especially between specialized committees to share legislative and supervisory experience.

The two leaders also agreed to bolster supervising and push the effective implementation of the signed agreements, including the deals reached by the countries’ inter-governmental committee.

At the end of the talks, Chairwoman Ngan accepted an invitation to visit Iran from the Iranian Speaker, saying that she will arrange time for the visit.

The Vietnamese NA leader is to chair a banquet for the Iranian guests in the evening the same day.

Theo NDO/VNA