Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu receives Chairman of the Romania-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Simion Lucian-Eduard in Hanoi on March 29. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu has said that friendship parliamentary groups of Vietnam and Romania should maintain meetings and increase the exchange of information and experiences, thus fostering economic, trade and investment ties between the two nations.

Luu made the statement while receiving a delegation of the Romania-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group led by its Chairman Simion Lucian-Eduard in Hanoi on March 29.

Luu reiterated that Vietnam always wants to consolidate and develop the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Romania. Vietnam appreciated Romania’s support for Vietnam’s past struggle for national independence and reunification as well as the current process of national construction and development, he noted.

The legislator lauded Romania’s initiative to form partnership between Ben Tre province and the Romanian province of Tulcea within the framework of the Mekong-Danube Initiative, a key part of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). He also thanked Romania for its assistance in training about 4,000 Vietnamese specialists in different fields, thereby promoting education-culture ties between the two countries.

The NA Vice Chairman hoped that Romania would support Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-2021 term and suggested the increased exchange of visits between the two parliaments and their agencies. He also wanted the two sides would continue to coordinate and back each other in multilateral parliamentary forums.

Lucian-Eduard said Vietnam remains Romania’s key traditional partner in the past years. He vowed to spare no effort in his position to push for the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the EU’s full recognition of market economy status of Vietnam.-VNA