NA Chairman vows to strengthen relations with Belarus

The National Assembly and people of Vietnam will try their best to nurture and further develop their traditional good ties with Belarus, said NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong.

When meeting with the Belorussian President, Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on April 30, Chairman Trong underlined their time-honoured relationship and close connections as a firm foundation for developing the friendship between the two nations despite the long distance between them.

The Vietnamese people will never forget the support and valuable assistance from the Government and people of Belarus during their past struggle for national independence as well as in national construction and development at present, he stressed.

For his part, President Lukashenko affirmed that Belarus will soon carry out previously signed agreements to strengthen and expand co-operative relations between the two countries.

The President said that Belarus and Vietnam need to strengthen trade and investment ties, which have not realised their full potential.

He expressed his belief that the friendship and co-operation between the two nations and legislatures would grow strongly following Chairman Trong's visit.

While appreciating Vietnam's role and position in the Asian and the Pacific region, President Lukashenko urged Vietnam to help his country expand its ties with regional nations.

Earlier, NA Chairman Trong met the Belorussian Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky, who asserted that Belarus always attaches great importance to developing links with Vietnam.

Having applauded the bilateral relationships progress, the PM said that the inter-governmental committee has already adopted a co-operation programme until 2012, thereby creating the ideal conditions to develop bilateral ties in all fields.

A number of major Belorussian companies have been interested in Vietnam and signed contracts at the 2009 Expo in Hanoi, particularly projects to build automobile and truck manufacturing factories in the Southeast Asian country.

PM Sidorsky suggested that Belarus and Vietnam should concentrate on education, saying that the signing of a co-operation agreement between the two parliaments will generate a new momentum for the growth of the two nations' relationship, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

Chairman Trong informed PM Sidorsky of the outcomes of his earlier talks and meetings with top leaders from the Belorussian State and parliament.

The legislator confirmed that Vietnam exercises a policy of fostering an in- depth relationship with Belarus, which will increase both countries' prosperity.(VNA)



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