National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has expressed her delight at the robust and effective development of bilateral ties with Singapore via the Party, State, National Assembly and government channels over the past years.

During a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Hanoi on March 23, she lauded the regular exchange of all-level visits and cooperation between the two legislatures on bilateral and multilateral aspects, saying that both sides have facilitated visits by parliament leaders and members of specialised committees to increase political ties, mutual understanding and professional experience.

Informing the guest that the 14th Vietnamese National Assembly established the Vietnam-Singapore Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group in November 2016, the host expressed her wish that Singapore would set up a Singapore-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group to serve as a bridge connecting the two legislatures.

According to her, bilateral connections across trade, investment, national defence-security, culture, and people-to-people exchange have thrived, notably the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) which has become a symbol of successful and mutually-beneficial cooperation between the two nations.

She said she is satisfied with the effective bilateral collaboration in education, tourism and people-to-people exchange, noting that 12,000 Vietnamese nationals living in Singapore are helping step up the two countries’ ties.

On ASEAN coordination, the top legislator said the two countries should actively increase solidarity and exchange, as well as the bloc’s central role and its pro-activeness in regional issues, contributing to creating an environment of peace, stability and cooperation.

Singaporean PM Lee, for his part, informed the host of the outcomes of his talks with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, saying that both sides witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements on electricity and the construction of additional VSIP, among others.

He believed that the two nations hold huge potential for economic cooperation and exchanges between the two legislatures will continue bringing practical benefits.

On the occasion, the guest also visited the Vietnam National Assembly House.

On the day, Vietnam and Singapore issued a joint statement on the occasion of the official visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his spouse from March 21-24.-VNA