NA leader welcomes new Cuban, Spanish Ambassadors

VOV.VN - National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted separate receptions for newly-accredited Ambassadors of Cuba and Spain to Vietnam in Hanoi on December 26.

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Receving Cuban Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera, Ngan applauded the strengthened political ties between Vietnam and Cuba through the maintenance of all-level delegation exchanges, especially among high-ranking Party, State, and parliament officials.

The official Vietnam visit of Chairman of the Cuban National Assembly Esteban Lazo Hernandez in June 2017 helped foster the solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba, she told her guest.

In 2018, Vietnam and Cuba will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the historical visit of Cuban leader Fidel Castro – a big friend of Vietnamese people.

The top legislator suggested intensifying exchanges between Party, legislative, executive and judicial agencies to further deepen the bilateral cooperative ties.

The Cuban Ambassador thanked Vietnam for dispatching experts to share experience in some fields in Cuba and support Cuban people to address consequences caused by natural disasters in 2017 in the context that Vietnam also face numerous difficulties due to serious floods.

Meeting with Spanish Ambassador Maria Jesus Figa Lopez – Palop, the NA leader showed her delight at the upgrade of the Vietnam-Spain cooperative relations to “strategic partnership towards the future”.

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Spain is the first country in Western Europe to elevate cooperation with Vietnam to the strategic level, she said, adding that the delegation exchanges at all levels have been maintained.

She thanked Spain for adopting the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between Vietnam and the EU and hoped the country and particularly the Spanish parliament will continue supporting Vietnam to move toward the official signing of the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement, which will open up new opportunities for the two sides to promote trade, economic and investment relations and comprehensive cooperation across a variety of fields.

Ngan said he hope Spain will back Vietnam's bid to run for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the 2010-2021 tenure.
She asked the new Spanish Ambassador to actively work to promote the two law-making bodies within the bilateral cooperation framework and at multilateral parliamentary forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP).

The Spanish Ambassador pledged to closely work with competent Vietnamese agencies to develop bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, tourism, investment and infrastructure improvement.

She also assured her nation's readiness to share experience with Vietnam in areas of Spain's strength.