|NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan welcomes Argentine President Mauricio Macri (L).
At a February 20 reception in Hanoi for Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Chairwoman Ngan said that Vietnam treasures the support of the Argentine people during its past struggles for national liberation.
The top Vietnamese legislator showed her elation at the vigorous growth of the bilateral relations over the years. Political relations have been strengthened through regular delegation exchanges and bilateral meetings on the margins of international events, she said, adding that two-way trade has been on steadily uptick, doubling in value over five years to touch US$2.9 billion in 2018.
In reply, President Macri said his nation desires to beef up its cooperation with Vietnam, which is currently its fifth largest trade partner in the world and the second in Asia.
Informing the host of the positive outcomes of his talks with Vietnamese Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, President Macri expressed his hope that with the support of the Vietnamese NA, both sides will be able to further exchange trade and investment ties towards closer Argentina-Vietnam relations.
He affirmed his support for the stance of settling disputes pertaining to sovereignty and territory through peaceful negotiations and in accordance with international law.
NA Chairwoman Ngan also called on both sides intensify delegation exchange at all levels, and maintain and increase the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms such as the Inter-Governmental Committee and political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level.
The sound political relationship will serve as a foundation to develop economic, trade, and investment ties, Ngan noted.
She used the occasion to thank Argentina for backing Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.