President of the Australian Senate John Hogg has expressed his pleasure at the flourishing development of the Vietnam-Australia ties over the past 40 years, particularly cooperation between the two parliaments.

At a March 25 reception for Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia Luong Thanh Nghi, Hogg explained that he highly valued the effective collaboration between the two sides’ parliaments, especially the sharing of experience in law making. He later voiced his wish that more delegation exchanges and visits be held more frequently in the future.

For his part, Nghi conveyed a message from National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung inviting Hogg to attend the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which will take place in March 2015 in Hanoi.

Nghi also took the time to praise positive development in the partnership between the two nations, including the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two parliaments last May.

The document is expected to bring the two legislative bodies’ bilateral ties to greater heights for the benefits of the two peoples, said the ambassador, adding that he will do his utmost to help further promote the ties between the two countries.-VNA