Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergei Naryshkin (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Vietnamese and Russian legislative bodies to enhance cooperation in the international arena while meeting with the Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergei Naryshkin in Moscow on May 17.

The Vietnamese leader, who is on his first official visit to Russia as PM, congratulated the host country on its socio-economic development and its growing standing in the world. The State Duma is crucial to those successes, he added.

He renewed that Vietnam prioritises the intensification of its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia.

The State Duma Speaker hailed Vietnam’s impressive development and congratulated the Communist Party of Vietnam on the successful 12th National Congress, which set forth major orientations for the country’s development for the following years.

The Russian State Duma and all the parties that have seats in the lower house, including the United Russia party, the Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the Fair Russia Party, support reinforcing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam, he noted.

At the meeting, both sides rejoiced over the flourishing partnership, as seen in the tightened political relations with high mutual trust and regular delegation exchanges at all levels that have driven up the countries’ all-faceted cooperation.

They voiced delight at the close coordination between Vietnam’s National Assembly and Russia’s Federal Assembly, which celebrate the 60 th founding anniversary of their cooperation relationship this year. They applauded the two parliaments’ frequent meetings and sharing of information and experience, which have greatly contributed to the growth in their respective nations.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the two parliaments to ensure the effect and enforceability of the international treaties that both Vietnam and Russia have participated in, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

He also delivered the invitation to visit Vietnam from National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Sergei Naryshkin.

Also on May 17, the Vietnamese delegation laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial dedicated to the Russian soldiers killed during World War II, in Moscow.

They also paid homage to V.I. Lenin, the great leader of the working class and the international Communist movement, at his mausoleum in the Russian capital city.-VNA