Vietnam and South Africa should build mechanisms for greater
legislative coordination and sign cooperative agreements between the two
This statement was made by National
Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung at his talks with Speaker of the
South African National Assembly Max Vuyisile Sisulu, in Hanoi on
“This will be a basis for the two NAs to promote
bilateral cooperative activities including support at international
forums, and ensure supervision, accelerate cooperation programmes and
projects between the two governments,” Hung affirmed.
Hung said he believes the first and current visit to Vietnam by
Speaker Max Vuyisile Sisulu will be a new step of development in
friendship and bilateral cooperation between the two NAs.
need to enhance cooperative programmes and expand people-to-people
diplomatic activities, he said, adding that the two countries have to
look to becoming mutual trust partners.
South Africa should
help Vietnam expand relations with African countries and Vietnam
will create favourable condition for South Africa to increase ties
with ASEAN countries, Hung said.
For his part, Speaker Max
Vuyisile Sisulu shared Hung’s view on proposals to increase coordination
between the NAs at international forums.
He said he wants the
two sides to accelerate the establishment of a South Africa-Vietnam
friendship association, helping to increase experience sharing and
cooperation between the two NAs and governments in the fields of budget
management, trade and clean energy technology.
proposed the two NAs set up negotiation groups to speed up signing of
cooperative agreements and affirmed his country will support Vietnamese
investors to invest in South Africa .
He said it was his wish that the two countries cooperate in security, defence and diplomacy.
the talks, the two sides discussed political, diplomatic and
socio-economic activities of each country and agreed to do their utmost
to foster solidarity, cooperation and mutual understanding between the
two nations, plus increase linkages between the two NAs at bilateral and
Speaker Max Vuyisile Sisulu took the
opportunity to invite Chairman Hung and the Vietnamese NA delegation to
visit South Africa . Hung accepted the invitation with pleasure and
said that the visit will be arranged through diplomatic channels.
Speaker also invited Vietnam to attend the centennial of the ANC
Party in 2012. Next year, the National Assembly of South Africa will
also organise a number of activities occasioned by the international
conference on global climate change held in the country. The Speaker
said he wants to welcome the Vietnamese National Assembly to attend the
Also on Nov. 17, State President Truong
Tan Sang hosted a reception for Speaker of the South African National
Assembly Max Sisulu.
President Sang welcomed Speaker Max
Sisulu’s visit to Vietnam , describing it as a new milestone in
developing relations between the two legislatures.
president expressed his wish that South Africa would support Vietnam’s
bid to run for membership of the UN Human Rights Council for the
2014-2016 term and the UN Economic and Social Council for the 2016-2018
term as well as a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in the
Speaker Max Sisulu informed his host of
the results of the earlier talks with the Vietnamese national assembly.
During the talks, the two sides pledged to support each other at
international forums and cooperate in coping with global issues, such as
On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister
Nguyen Xuan Phuc met Speaker Max Vuyisile Sisulu, urging South African
businesses to seek opportunities for long-term cooperation and
investment in Vietnam which will contribute to building and boosting
Vietnam-South Africa relations./.