National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung affirmed that Vietnam always treasures and wants to step up its traditional friendship with Hungary while receiving Hungarian President Ader Janos in Hanoi on November 27.

The Hungarian President is currently on an official visit to Vietnam to seek ways to boost bilateral cooperation.

Chairman Sinh Hung expressed his hope that the visit will open up more opportunities for stronger cooperation in different fields between the two countries.

President Ader Janos informed the Chairman about his talks with President Truong Tan Sang which has touched on potential fields for cooperation, notably water supply, climate change adaption and fishery.

Both sides were delighted with the development of the parliamentary ties, marked by regular high-level visits as well as their coordination and mutual support at inter-parliamentary forums.

They believed that the ties would play its part in cementing bilateral affiliations.

Chairman Sinh Hung also extended his invitation to the Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly to attend the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132), which will take place in Hanoi in March 2015.

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with the visiting Hungarian President, saying both countries need to boost their affiliation in all fields and asking for H ungary’s support for the signing of an EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

The PM told his guest that the Vietnamese Government wishes to coordinate closely with the Hungarian Government in carrying agreed cooperation agreements, particularly those involved economy, trade and investment.

He suggested both sides improve the operation of the Inter-Governmental Committee to realise commitments and pledges made.

President Ader János revealed that Hungary is interested in importing Vietnamese farm products and eager to partner with Vietnam in the management, treatment and supply of clean water.

He pledged to continue providing official development assistance for the Can Tho Tumor Hospital and help Vietnam map areas with war-left bombs and mines.

The President proposed allowing Vietnamese experts being trained on nuclear power in Hungary to study thoroughly the building process of a new nuclear power plant there.-VNA