Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico emphasised the importance of resuming judicial cooperation between his country and Vietnam after a 25-year hiatus while receiving Vietnamese Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong in Bratislava on September 26.

He expressed his pleasure at the healthy, wide-ranging development of the two countries, saying legal and judicial partnership should be ratcheted up in addition to economics, trade and investment.

Minister Cuong briefed the host on Vietnam ’s judicial reform and improvements in the legal system over the past few years.

He held high regard for the expansion of bilateral judicial ties in recent time through high-level delegation exchanges and information sharing and was looking forward to learning more experience from Slovakia .

Minister Cuong signed a Memorandum of Understanding on legal and judicial cooperation with his Slovakian counterpart Tommas Borec during their earlier talks.

They agreed to review and modernise the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), and consider signing new MLAT agreements on civil, criminal trade and extradition to replace the cooperation documents signed between the two nations since 1982.

During the working visit to Slovakia from September 25-29, Minister Cuong is scheduled to work with several Slovakian judicial agencies to share experience and explore cooperation opportunities in the field.-VNA