NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets Czech President Milos Zeman (Source: VNA)
Prague (VNA) - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan had a meeting in Prague on April 12 (local time) with Czech President Milos Zeman, ​hihglighting the two countries' time-honour friendhip and cooperation.

Vietnam attaches importance to developing relations with traditional friends, with the Czech Republic considered a priority partner, Ngan ​said.

​She stressed the two countries have enjoyed time-honoured friendship and cooperation nurtured by many generations of their leaders and people over the past 67 years.

Vietnam remembers the Czech Republic’s support for its past struggle for national liberation as well as the current nation building and development, she affirmed, thanking the country for recognising Vietnamese-Czech people as an ethnic minority group.

In past years, the two sides have enjoyed progress in bilateral relations in polictics, diplomacy, trade, investment, defence, science and technology, while cooperating at regional and international forums as the United Nations and Asia–Europe Meeting.

Vietnam is willing to help the Czech Republic boost collaboration with ASEAN and its member states, Ngan said, adding that it can also supply human resources for the Czech Republic as the European country lacks labourers.

Vietnam’s top lawmaker told the host that during her visit, she met with President of the Senate of the Czech Parliament Milan Stech and Chairman of the Czech Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies (lower house) Jan Hamacek to discuss measures to boost bilateral parliamentary cooperation.

She asked for continued support from the Czech President to develop the parliamentary relationship, for the interests of the two countries’ people and for peace, development and prosperity in the region and the world.

President Milos Zeman expressed his delight at the expansion of investment in Vietnam by Czech and Vietnamese-Czech businesses.

He said that a number of enterprises will accompany him during his upcoming State visit to Vietnam. He hoped the two countries will sign many economic contracts to improve the bilateral relations.

He asked for Vietnam’s to consider porviding a short-term visa waiver for Czech citizens.-VNA