VN, Morocco enhance cooperation between legislative bodies

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with President of the Moroccan House of Representatives Habib El Malki on December 18 in Ha Noi.

The two leaders hailed the achievements in relations between the two legislatures during their regular meetings, consultations and mutual support at multilateral forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Parliamentary Assembly of Francophonie (APF).

They agreed to step up high-level delegation exchanges to increase mutual understanding and trust as well as strengthen coordination at multilateral forums as well as coordinate to monitor the implementation of agreements signed between the two countries' governments and ministries for mutual benefits.

The two sides consented to raise the two-way trade turnover in the upcoming time, which reached only US$190 million in 2016.

Viet Nam attaches much importance to developing friendship and multidimensional cooperation with African countries, including Morocco, Ms. Ngan asserted.

She asked to enhance connectivity between the two countries' businesses in such potential fields as trade, tourism, finance, and renewable energy, looking toward the establishment of a joint business council.

The two nations need to step up trade promotion activities, increase business delegation exchanges at international workshops, forums and trade fairs while tapping cooperation potential in agriculture, mining, construction material, chemicals, garment-textile, footwear, and food processing, she suggested.

She hoped that the two sides should establish direct payment ties between their commercial banks and use the Moroccan banking network in Africa to support business activities, including payment, for Vietnamese firms in the region.

Mr. Malki stressed that Morocco supports Viet Nam's stance on addressing all disputes via peaceful dialogues.

Regarding the East Sea issue, Chairwoman Ngan asserted Viet Nam's consistent policy of settling sovereignty and territory disputes peacefully on the basis of respecting international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

She accepted the invitation of the Morocco's President of House of Representatives to pay an official visit to the country in an early time.

After the talks, the two sides signed a cooperation agreement between Viet Nam's National Assembly and Morocco's House of Representatives.

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