Top legislator hosts Tongan parliament speaker

Saturday, 16/09/2023 09:15
Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue received the Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Fakafanua, in Hanoi on September 15.
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and Speaker of the Tongan Parliament Lord Fakafanua (Photo: VNA)

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue stated that Vietnam wants to strengthen relations with South Pacific island countries and always supports them, including Tonga, in connecting more closely with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He informed the guest that the leaders of Vietnam have approved the establishment of diplomatic ties with Tonga, which Hue said will be a very important start for the two countries to roll out cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

The Tongan parliament speaker said the King of Tonga has also approved the establishment of diplomatic ties with Vietnam, adding that the move reflects the wish of Tonga to further strengthen cooperation with the Southeast Asian country.

Both leaders expressed joy at the forthcoming establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, saying it meets the aspirations of the two peoples. They shared a view that both countries are ready to be friends with nations worldwide, for peace, cooperation, and development.

Lord Fakafanua agreed with the NA Chairman that on the basis of the Vietnam-Tonga relationship, their bilateral parliamentary cooperation will be strengthened, particularly in delegation exchanges. Both nations have the potential for joint works in such fields as agriculture, consumer goods, agricultural machinery, rice production, and fisheries.

The Tongan official noted that South Pacific island nations, including Tonga, view climate change as a significant threat and expressed a wish for international cooperation to mitigate this challenge.

He also conveyed the greetings of the King of Tonga to Hue and hoped to soon welcome the top Vietnamese legislator in an official visit to Tonga in the near future./.

CPV (Source: VNA)