Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu has asked the Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Czech Republic’s Senate to work closely with the Vietnamese NA’s Law Committee to continue building cooperation programmes in law-building and supervision.

In a reception in Hanoi on September 19 for Chairman of the committee Miroslav Antl, who is in Vietnam from September 18-25, Luu affirmed that Vietnam always values the development of friendship and long-term, all-around cooperation with traditional friends in the Central Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic.

He wished for enhanced collaboration between the two sides in the future, given that two-way trade neared 250 million USD last year, which remains modest and below potential.

Speaking highly of ties between the two legislatures over the past year, he said the delegation’s working sessions with the ministries of Public Security, Justice, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuracy afford both sides a chance to discuss joint work in legislation, legal assistance and crime prevention and control.

The host wished that as a member of the European Union (EU), the Czech Republic would urge the EU to promptly ratify the free trade agreement with Vietnam and recognise Vietnam as a market economy.

Miroslav Antl, for his part, informed the host of the outcomes of his working session with the Vietnamese NA’s Law Committee, saying that both sides have reached key consensus and the signed agreements will continue to be implemented.

At the talks between the permanent board of the NA’s Law Committee and the Czech delegation the same day, the two sides expressed their wish to continue exchanges, experience sharing and cooperation between the two legislatures.-VNA