Vietnam wants to strengthen cooperation with Panama and Austria , said National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong while receiving the two countries’ outgoing ambassadors in Hanoi on June 24.

At a reception for the Ambassador of Panama, Lizia Zenaida Lu, the NA Chairman expressed his wish that the two countries’ relationship be continuously enhanced in various fields.

He affirmed that the Vietnamese NA always supports and will actively boost ties between the two nations in general and between the two parliaments in particular.

The Vietnamese top legislator also highly praised Ambassador Lizia’s practical contributions to strengthening bilateral friendship and cooperation during her term of office as the first Panamanian ambassador to Vietnam .

For her part, Ambassador Lizia affirmed that Panama always creates the best conditions for Vietnamese sailors to work and study in the country. She also expressed her country’s desire to receive Vietnam ’s assistance and sharing of experience in rice growing and aquaculture.

Together with the opening of the Panamanian Embassy in Hanoi , the two countries signed five bilateral cooperation agreements, creating a legal foundation for their multi-faceted cooperation, especially in economics, trade, the maritime industry, agriculture and science.

While meeting Austrian Ambassador Johannes Peterlik, NA Chairman Trong said he was pleased with fine developments in bilateral ties over the past time, with the ambassador’s active contributions.

He expressed his wish that the two sides would continue increasing the exchange of delegations and experiences in law-making and judicial reform.

Through the ambassador, NA Chairman Trong conveyed his invitations to the Austrian Federal Council President and the Speaker of the Austrian Parliament to visit Vietnam soon.

Ambassador Peterlik affirmed that Austria is ready to cooperate with and help Vietnam in completing its legal system./.