Venezuela wishes to boost solidarity and friendship with Vietnam, President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Fernando Soto Rojas said.

The Venezuelan parliamentary leader expressed his aspiration while meeting with Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Van Pha in Hanoi on Nov. 1.

He highly valued the achievements of the Vietnamese Party, State and people during national construction and development.

Pha said that besides uniting people from all walk of life, the VFF made great contributions to building administration, supervision of operations of State-owned agencies, organisation of patriotism movements and diplomatic affairs of the country.

Pha said the VFF will work together with the Vietnamese Party, State and people to bolster friendship and cooperation between the two countries and develop the Vietnam-Venezuela relationship to a new height.

The same day, Venezuelan National Assembly President Fernando Soto Rojas had working sessions with the Ethnic Minority Council and the Committee for Social Affairs of the National Assembly of Vietnam.

At the session, Chairman of the Ethnic Minority Council K’sor Phuoc affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State always pay attention to works and policies on ethnic minorities, considering ethnic minority affairs and national unity a long-term strategic issue.

He expressed his wish that the parliaments of Vietnam and Venezuela would boost cooperation and experience exchanges, to ensure the rights and benefits of people. In the future the council will send a mission to Venezuela to learn about national policies and law building for ethnic minorities.

Chairwoman of the Committee for Social Affairs Truong Thi Mai spoke about Vietnam ’s achievements in population, healthcare and other social affairs.

Fernando Soto Rojas expressed his admiration on Vietnam ’s political, diplomatic, economic and social achievements and promised to try his best to boost relations between the two countries and parliaments./.