National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has assured President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman that Vietnam always values the development of ties with traditional friends in the Central and Eastern Europe, with the Czech Republic being one of the priority partners.

During a meeting in Hanoi on June 7, Ngan wished that the two countries will continue active cooperation and mutual support at regional and global forums, particularly at the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the ASEAN-EU.

She also hoped that the recent signing of numerous memoranda of understanding on cooperation will promote bilateral trade and investment.

Vietnam is ready to offer all possible support to Czech businesses to do long-term business in the country, particularly in fields of Vietnam’s demand, she stated, adding that the regular exchange of delegations from the two legislatures will make important contributions to developing bilateral ties.

Zeman, for his part, informed the host that during talks with President Tran Dai Quang, both sides expressed wish to open direct flights linking the two nations and agreed to assign ministries and agencies concerned to launch negotiations on the issue.

He said if short-term tourist visa waiving for Czech citizens is realised, tourist arrivals to Vietnam will increase, opening a new chapter in investment for the two countries’ businesses.

The guest affirmed that the Czech Republic will continue supporting the comprehensive cooperation partnership between Vietnam and the European Union and hasten the EU’s signing and adoption of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

Host and guest expressed delight that a treaty on the transfer of sentenced persons and an agreement on combating crime have been signed during the visit.

On the East Sea issue, they underscored the necessity of settling disputes by peaceful means, including diplomatic and legal processes, in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The same day, President Tran Dai Quang hosted a banquet in honour of the Czech guest.-VNA