National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on November 20 met with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of the latter’s state visit to Vietnam from November 18-20.

Ngan shared her memories of the Indian landscape and people following her two visits, as the top legislator in December 2016, and as the NA Vice Chairwoman in February 2013.

She said that the President’s acceptance to speak at the 14th NA’s sixth session is of significance, demonstrating the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership entering a new development phase.

The top legislator stressed that the participation of nearly 500 deputies, including various leaders from ministries, sectors, as well as 63 provinces and cities, at this important event shows the respect that the Vietnamese Party, State, and especially the NA have paid to India.

President Kovind affirmed that India attaches great importance to its time-honoured friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam across all fields. He thanked the legislature for inviting him to speak in front of the NA deputies during the event.

He expressed his belief that this event, as well as Chairwoman Ngan’s Indian visit in 2016 and a recent exchange of the two countries’ parliamentarian delegations, will help to tighten relations between the two legislative bodies.–VNA