President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man (R) and Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Iliyas Umakhanov (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) - President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man met with Russian officials in Moscow on September 24, during which both sides stressed the traditional friendship between the two countries.

During talks with Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Iliyas Umakhanov, VFF President Man and the Russian official expressed their delight over the comprehensive strategic partnership which has developed in a closer and more practical manner, especially after Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to the Eastern European country earlier this month.

At that time, both sides discussed measures to bolster collaboration in various sectors and agreed to increase two-way trade to 10 billion USD by 2020, as well as to facilitate Vietnamese and Russian products to enter each other’s markets.

Man underlined that Vietnam treasures the traditional ties with Russia and pays heed to consolidating its comprehensive strategic partnership with the country.

The political trust between the two countries has been increased through delegation exchanges, he said.

Lauding the effective cooperation between the two parliaments, Man said both sides should increase experience sharing in legislation and enhance the role of the friendship parliamentary groups in fostering collaboration between the two legislative bodies.

He hoped the Russian side would facilitate Vietnamese exports by allowing more Vietnamese firms to ship their products to the country.

Additionally, he thanked Russia for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese people to stabilise their livelihoods in the host nation, and wished Russian authorities will further support the Vietnamese community. 

Umakhanov, for his part, thanked Vietnam for supporting Russia on various issues in international arenas, including the United Nations.

He recommended bolstering cooperation between localities of both sides and affirmed Russia plans to increase scholarships for Vietnamese students.

Celebrations like Vietnamese Year in Russia and Russian Year in Vietnam, and other activities to mark 70 years of diplomatic establishment will open new opportunities for the two nations, he added.

Meeting with Head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov, Man said the Communist Party of Vietnam treasures its friendship with the Communist Party of Russia, stressing that relations between the two parties are significant to Vietnam-Russia relations.

He expressed his belief that the Russian Communist Party will continue to consolidate its position in the country’s socio-political development, and make significant contributions to the nation’s prosperity.

Briefing the Vietnamese guest on his party’s achievements in recent local elections, Gennady Zyuganov said that his organisation will do its utmost to develop the relations with Vietnam.

Earlier, Man and the delegation from the VFF Central Committee laid a wreath of flowers at President Ho Chi Minh’s statue in Moscow.

Man was leading the delegation to visit Russia from September 19-25. The delegation left Russia to visit Cuba from September 25-29.-VNA