NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan
 and Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary Kover Laszlo (Source: VNA)

On this occasion, head of the NA Committee for External Relations Nguyen Van Giau talked with the media about the outcomes of the visits, stating that this was the first Europe tour made by the top legislator with the aim to further deepen Vietnam’s relations with its traditional partners.

In each country, Chairwoman Ngan and the Vietnamese delegation discussed various issues of mutual concern with its leaders and officials.

According to Giau, during their talks, both Vietnamese and Swedish top legislators agreed that the two countries have yet to fully tap economic potential.

Speaker of the Swedish parliament Urban Ahlin affirmed that he will work to urge the European Union to early ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) so as to open up new cooperation opportunities in the economic field for all related parties.

Giau noted that the highlight of Ngan’s official visit to Hungary was a symposium on law perfection during the international integration, which was held for the first time by the two parliaments following their cooperation agreement signed in 2008.

At the meetings, Hungarian leaders informed the Vietnamese top lawmaker that they have selected Vietnam as a beneficiary of a framework agreement on a EUR440 million credit.

Giau also told reporters that during the meetings between Ngan and Czech leaders, they shared that their country had set forth a strategy towards its traditional friends, with Vietnam being one of the 12 priority nations.

The Czech side proposed the opening of a direct air route linking Hanoi to Prague, he said, adding that he will work with the Ministry of Transport on this issue.

After the visits, the legislative body needs to map out plans to supervise the implementation of cooperation agreements signed during the visits, he stated. 

Vietnam must ensure its prestige and maintain political trust of these countries in order to boost mutually-beneficial collaboration and development, he added.

The Czech Republic was the final leg of the NA Chairwoman’s Europe tour. Several newspapers in the country ran articles about her activities./.