VOV.VN - Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on January received Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long to exchange measures and orientations to promote the UK – Vietnam relations.
Hoyle expressed his delight at Vietnam’s impressive development achievements as well as the positive development of the relations between the two countries over the years.
Vietnam is an important partner of the UK, especially in the context that the UK had left the European Union (Brexit) and the two countries are ramping up the implementation of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA), he emphasized.
Hoyle highly appreciated the role played by the National Assembly of Vietnam and the country’s active contributions at multilateral forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
The MP also congratulated Vietnam on successfully taking up its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021, and affirmed that the UK supports Vietnam’s position in settling disputes in the East Sea on the basis of the rule of law.
In response, Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long affirmed that the relationship between the two countries is in the best stage of development and has many opportunities to promote cooperation in various fields.
He informed his host that the two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and the UK last year reached US$6.6 billion, an increase of more than 17% compared to 2020. He expressed his belief that trade exchanges between the two countries will continue to be promoted, bringing benefits to businesses and people of the two countries.
The Ambassador proposed that the Speaker of the House of Commons assist Vietnam in effectively implementing the UKVFTA and bilateral cooperation projects, especially in the fields of legislation, education and training, finance, science and technology, renewable energy.
He also proposed that Hoyle support the exchange of delegations between the two legislative bodies in the coming time.
Hoyle welcomed the diplomat’s proposals and said he will work hard toward promoting the friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries in the coming timem