Saint Petersburg (VNA) – Chairman of
the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with top legislators
from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Iran on the margins of the 137th
Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-137) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on
While meeting with Speaker of the RoK’s National
Assemby Chung Sye-kyun, Ngan proposed the two countries expand cooperation to
deepen the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.
She asked the two nations’ parliaments to
increase exchanges and coordination to examine the implementation of signed
cooperation agreements while supporting the governments to prompt connectivity
of friendship parliamentary groups according to the cooperation agreement
signed between the two legislatures in July 2013.
The two sides need to coordinate at multilateral
parliamentary forums such as the IPU, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly,
and the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, she said.
She invited the RoK’s top legislators to attend
the 26th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Hanoi in January 2018.
The RoK’s Speaker expressed his pleasure to meet
Chairwoman Ngan again after his recent visit to Vietnam. He said that RoK President
Moon Jae-in is scheduled to participate in the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in
Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang in November 2017.
He hoped the two countries will enhance
high-level delegation exchanges to increase political trust and deepen relations.
At a meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of
Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani, Ngan said Vietnam treasures traditional ties with
She noted that Vietnam and Iran agreed to
strengthen cooperation in agriculture, seafood, energy, mining, oil and gas, telecommunication
and banking during the ninth meeting of their Joint Committee in July.
The two countries’ leaders also agreed to soon
bring bilateral trade to 2 billion USD, she said, calling on the two sides’
ministries, departments and localities to strengthen coordination to step up
the implementation of signed cooperation deals.
The Iranian Speaker said a delegation from the
Iran-Vietnam friendship parliamentary group will visit Vietnam at the end of
October this year, adding that the visit demonstrates the interest of the
Iranian parliament in working with the Vietnamese National Assembly.-VNA