President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) meets with Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia. (Photo: VNA)
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed Vietnam always considers Russia a priority in its foreign policy and supports Russia to have a greater role and voice in the region and the world.
Meanwhile, Matvienko stressed that President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit this time will create a new motivation to boost bilateral ties in the context that the two countries are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Strategic Partnership (2001-2021) and preparing for the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (2012-2022).
Both leaders appreciated the positive development of the bilateral relations, especially in the fields of politics, trade, economy, investment, defence and security, energy, education and science, despite serious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President welcomed the close coordination between the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam and the Federal Assembly of Russia at international and regional forums, affirming that Vietnam continues to support and actively participate in international initiatives initiated by the Federal Council for the common interests of the two countries, thus contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world.
For her part, Matvienko asserted that the Federal Council always backs strengthening relations with Vietnam and continues to work closely with the Vietnamese NA to speed up the implementation of cooperation agreements and projects between the two countries, including those reached between President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The Federal Council will continue acting as a bridge to strengthen cooperation between the two countries’ provinces and cities, she affirmed.
The two leaders affirmed to further promote the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in a deep and effective manner, including collaboration between the two parliaments./.