National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong meets Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko (Source: VNA)
National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong has reaffirmed that Vietnam continually treasures its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia – the partner of top importance during her official visit to Russia from September 20-23.

She said she believes that Russia will stand firm against today’s difficulties and challenges and continue its voice for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.

Phong showed her gratitude to the Russian Government and people for helping Vietnam in the past struggle for national liberation and during the current national development while meeting Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and Vice-Speaker Ilyas Umakhanov, and during talks with First Vice Chairman of the Russian State Duma Ivan Melnikov.

The official also spoke of Russia’s backing of Vietnam at multi-lateral cooperative mechanisms, and her peaceful means to deal with disputes in the East Sea, while proposing strengthening delegation exchanges and information sharing for stronger ties between the Vietnamese NA and the Federation Council and the State Duma.

Speaker Matviyenko confirmed that the relations with Vietnam are a priority of Russia in the Asian-Pacific region, in which cooperation between the NA and the Federation Council is an important part of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

She shared the view of continuing delegation exchanges at all levels and across sectors like economics, trade, energy, tourism, culture and education for the result-oriented cooperation.

At the meetings, both sides agreed that the two countries’ legislative bodies will soon ratify and coordinate in supervising the implementation of signed agreements to boost the bilateral ties and lift bilateral trade to 10 billion USD by 2020.

On September 24-25, NA Vice Chairwoman Phong will attend and deliver a speech at the first Asian-European Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg.

She is expected to have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the events.-VNA