President: Vietnam maintains friendship with Egypt via different channels hinh anh 1President Tran Dai Quang (left) and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Egypt Ali Abdel Aal. (Source: VNA)

Cairo (VNA) – Vietnam always attaches importance to maintaining the traditional friendship with Egypt via State, National Assembly and Government channels, and people-to-people exchange, President Tran Dai Quang said on August 27.

At a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives of Egypt Ali Abdel Aal in Cairo as part of his State visit to the country, President Quang lauded the Egyptian legislature for its efforts in establishing the Egypt-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group.

He expressed his hope that the group and its Vietnamese counterpart will intensify exchanges to promote the inter-parliamentary ties, contributing to consolidating the fruitful relations between the two countries.

Vietnam always treasures the traditional friendship, the leader said, expressing his thanks to Egyptian people for their valuable support to Vietnam during its past struggle for national liberation as well as the present cause of national construction and development.

He spoke highly of achievements Egypt has recorded in maintaining political stability and national development, which have seen constructive contributions of the Egyptian legislative body.

The President urged parliamentary agencies of the two countries to increase delegation exchange and cooperation and mutual support at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums.

On this occasion, President Quang conveyed National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s invitation to Speaker  Ali Abdel Aal to pay an official visit to Vietnam. The Egyptian top legislator accepted the invitation with pleasure.

The host expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s efforts for national independence in the past, and his impression of the country’s economic development.

Vietnam and Egypt established diplomatic ties 55 years ago but the foundation for their relationship was laid since President Ho Chi Minh’s visit to Egypt more than a century ago, he said.

Over the past 55 years, the two countries have reaped significant cooperation achievements, especially in politics, diplomacy, economy, trade, culture, education and training, the leader noted.

Ali Abdel Aal said he hopes President Quang’s visit will contribute to creating breakthroughs in the bilateral ties, particularly in economy, in order to soon complete the target of raising the two-way trade to 1 billion USD in 2020, for the interest of each nation.

He assigned the Egypt-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group to work as a bridge to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between the two countries as well as their legislatures.-VNA