NA, VFF leaders meet Singapore parliament leader

(VOV) - National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has highlighted the Vietnam visit by the high-level Singaporean delegation led by Parliament Speaker Halima Yacob as a contribution to enhancing understanding and trust between leaders from the two nations.

At a reception for the Singaporean parliamentary leader in Hanoi on April 3, Ngan extended profound condolences over the passing of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, saying the Vietnamese people remember his sentiment and valuable support to Vietnam during its national construction and development. 

Ngan informed her guest about the outcomes of the 21st Meeting of the Women Parliamentarians as part of the 132 nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, which concurred to the appeal for gender equality towards a better world. 

For her part, Halima Yacob congratulated Vietnam on its successful organization of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) and applauded the nation’s achievements in ensuring gender equality.

She underlined the need to further enhance women’s role in making strategic decisions.

She said she hoped the bilateral relations would grow and flourish in the time to come for mutual benefit and for the sake of peace, stability and development in the region and in the world.

Meeting with the Singaporean leader the same day, Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) President Nguyen Thien Nhan confirmed Vietnam’s unswerving policy of treasuring its ties with Singapore and joining efforts with Singapore to carry the bilateral ties forward.

Singapore is always Vietnam’s reliable partner in economic and investment cooperation, technical assistance, and human resource training, Nhan told his guest.

He suggested Singapore set up a Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in the Mekong Delta region – Vietnam’s largest granary and major export centre of agro- aquatic products. 

The Speaker said the two countries should foster cooperation in education and training, and maintain the regular exchange of delegations as well as people-to-people exchanges. 

She asked the VFF to forge its partnership with the Singapore People’s Association in order to deepen the friendship between the two peoples.