Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Chairman of the Council of the Republic of Belarus National Assembly Anatoly N. Rubinov affirmed the significance of cooperation between legislative bodies to the development of the bilateral all-round ties.

At a meeting in Minsk on November 27 during the Vietnamese Party chief’s visit, they underscored the need to effectively implement the cooperation agreement between the two law-making agencies signed in April 2009 as it provides an important legal foundation for them to expand across-the-board partnership.

They also suggested these bodies increase delegation exchanges at all levels and share experience, while supporting each other at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums.

Both sides concurred that the Vietnam-Belarus Friendship Parliamentarian Group and the working group of the National Assembly of Belarus on cooperation with the National Assembly of Vietnam should coordinate more closely to strengthen their role in connecting parliamentary partnership activities.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong took the occasion to invite leaders of the Belarus National Assembly to visit Vietnam and attend the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Hanoi in 2015.

Also on November 27, the Party leader visited the Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), which has set up sound partnership with Vietnam’s Corporation of Engine and Agricultural Machinery Industry and Trade (VEAM). Sales of automobiles produced by MAZ and assembled by VEAM are rising in Vietnam, contributing to raising two-way trade between the two countries.

He also visited the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War History where he was introduced to the contributions and sacrifice of people of the former Soviet Union, including Belarusians, to the victory against fascism.

Later the same day, the Party chief met members of the Belarus-Vietnam Friendship Association and Belarusian veterans who fought in Vietnam during the war.

He affirmed the Party and State’s consistent policy of prioritising fostering ties with traditional friends, including Belarus.

Accompanying the Party General Secretary in the visit, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang had a working session with the Belarus-Vietnam Inter-Governmental Committee on economic-trade cooperation.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Public Security Bui Van Nam met with the Chairman of the State Security Committee, while Deputy Defence Minister Truong Quang Khanh had a working session with the Belarusian Military Academy.-VNA