Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh attends the second Eurasian Women’s Forum held in Saint Petersburg. (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – It is Vietnam’s consistent policy to prioritise its comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said on September 21.

Thinh made the affirmation while meeting with Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matvienko during her trip to attend the second Eurasian Women’s Forum held in Saint Petersburg.

The two sides expressed their delight at the dynamic development of the Vietnam-Russia cooperation, including the maintenance of the regular high-level political dialogue.

The Vietnam-Eurasia Free Trade Agreement has been implemented effectively, creating positive changes in trade exchange between the two nations. Meanwhile, cooperation in defence-security, science-technology, education-training, culture, and tourism, as well as connections between localities have been stepped up.

The two sides agreed to work closely together to successfully organise the Vietnam-Russia and Russia-Vietnam Year in the two countries on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam-Russia friendship treaty signing (1994-2019) and the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (1950-2020).

They also consented to continue close coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums, including the Eurasian Women’s Forum.

At the meeting, Matvienko, on behalf of the Russian State and parliament leaders, extended deep condolences to the Party, State, and people of Vietnam over the passing away of President Tran Dai Quang.

President Quang made great contributions to Vietnam’s national construction and development as well as to consolidating and strengthening the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia, she said.

The Russian leader also spoke highly of the active and proactive participation of Thinh and the Vietnamese delegation in activities of the second Eurasian Women’s Forum, which she said contributes to the success of the September 19-21 event.

Hailing the outcomes of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong’s recent visit to Russia, Matvienko affirmed that her country treasures the comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam and will do its utmost to develop bilateral collaboration in a more effective manner, meeting the aspirations of each side.

Vice President Thinh thanked the Speaker for her sentiments towards the late President and highly valued Russia’s organisation of the second Eurasian Women’s Forum, as well as the role of Matvienko herself in founding and organising the forum’s activities

She expressed her wish that Matvienko, in her current capacity, will continue efforts to help the forum further promote its role in bridging women of the two continents and enhancing their partnership in various fields. –VNA