Vietnam considers EU its leading partner

(VOV) - Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung has reaffirmed Vietnam’s foreign policy that deem the EU as its leading partner.

At a meeting with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy in Hanoi on November 1, Hung said Vietnam wants to build an equal partnership and long-term comprehensive cooperation with the EU to foster peace and development in the region and the world.

Expressing his delight at the positive development of bilateral relationship, Hung said the Vietnamese NA and people support the promotion of a strategic partnership and comprehensive cooperation with the EU and its member nations.

The NA Chairman highly valued the June 2012 signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between Vietnam and the EU as well as the progress of the ongoing negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement, saying that they will lay a firm legal foundation for expanding and deepening bilateral relationship.

He also spoke highly of the growing relationship between the Vietnamese NA and the European Parliament (EP) which has contributed to strengthening broader bilateral ties.

Briefing his guest on the current NA session, Hung said the operation of the Vietnamese legislature is becoming more transparent with tighter supervision of Government activities.

The Vietnamese NA is considering amendments to the 1992 Constitution in order to further ensure the protection of human rights in the new period of national development, he said.

EC President Van Rompuy replied that the present negotiations and signed agreements will enhance EU-Vietnam ties across all fields,

The EU values Vietnam’s role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its positive relationships with EU members, he said.

Van Rompuy also expressed his belief that Vietnam will better perform its roles as coordinator for the EU-ASEAN relationship.

The EU has been actively working towards the formal recognition of Vietnam’s market economy, he added.

The President also spoke highly of Question & Answer sessions in the Vietnamese NA, saying that they demonstrate the progress of reforms in its operation.

On the same day the National University of Hanoi granted an honorary doctorate to EC President Van Rompuy.