Top legislator receives new Cuban, Spanish Ambassadors

VGP National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Ha Noi on December 26 hosted separate receptions for the newly-accredited Ambassadors of Cuba and Spain to Viet Nam.

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

She added that the official Viet Nam visit of Chairman of the Cuban National Assembly Esteban Lazo Hernandez in June 2017 helped tighten the solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between two countries.

In 2018, Viet Nam and Cuba will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the historical visit of Cuban leader Fidel Castro � a big friend of Vietnamese people, to Quang Tri province.

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

In turn, the Cuban Ambassador thanked Viet Nam 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 Viet Nam also faces 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 Viet Nam-Spain cooperative relations to strategic partnership towards the future.

Spain is the first country in Western Europe to elevate cooperation with Viet Nam 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 Viet Nam and the EU and hoped the country and particularly the Spanish parliament will continue supporting Viet Nam 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 Viet Nam'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).

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

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam