National Assembly vows to cement ties with European Parliament hinh anh 1NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (R) and DASE Chairman Werner Langen (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Assembly of Vietnam will do its best to solidify cooperation between the country and the European Union (EU) and between the NA and the European Parliament (EP), Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said on November 4.

At his reception for a group of members of the EP’s Delegation for relations with Southeast Asia and ASEAN countries (DASE) in Hanoi, he said their working visit will fuel the EP – NA relations in a substantive and effective fashion, noting that Vietnam is willing to act as a bridge enhancing the EU and EP’s cooperation with ASEAN nations.

He thanked the EP for supporting the ratification of the EU – Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation and the EU – Vietnam free trade agreement, which will take bilateral ties to a new stage of development.

He also acknowledged the EP’s assistance to Vietnam in building the 2013 Constitution while highlighting activities at the NA’s ongoing 10th sitting to overhaul the domestic law system to realise the Constitution’s spirit of upholding human rights, citizen rights and the socialist-oriented market economy.

The leader asked DASE Chairman Werner Langen and the EP to continue promoting the collaboration between the Vietnamese NA and the EP in fields of shared concern.

For his part, Werner Langen briefed Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung on the outcomes of the DASE’s talks with the NA’s Committee for External Relations and voiced optimism about the Vietnam – EU cooperation.

The EU highly values the nation’s recent socio-economic attainments and the successful completion of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, he noted, adding that the EP always considers Vietnam as a good friend in ASEAN.-VNA