Vietnamese, Turkish top legislators hold talks

Friday, 2018-10-12 10:14:05
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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan holds talks with Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Binali Yildirim in Ankara on October 11. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Binali Yildirim in Ankara capital city on October 11 as part of the Vietnamese leader’s official visit to Turkey.

At the talks, Ngan congratulated Turkey on the successful organisation of the third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments, saying the hosting demonstrates increased position of Turkey as well as its legislature in the region and the world at large.

Speaking highly of Turkey’s successful holding of the presidential and parliamentary elections last June, the Vietnamese top legislator expressed her hope that with his experience in the political sphere, Binali Yildirim will lead the Grand National Assembly to complete tasks assigned by Turkish people and voters.

On the two countries’ bilateral relationship, Ngan expressed her pleasure with the sound development of the Vietnam-Turkey friendship and cooperation over the past 40 years.

Vietnam always attaches importance to consolidating and developing friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with countries in South Europe and the Middle East, including Turkey – a leading economic partner of Vietnam in the region, she said.

She thanked Turkey for its commitment to backing Vietnam’s run for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, and wished Turkey would continue supporting Vietnam at regional and international forums.

She affirmed Vietnam welcomes and stands ready to serve as a bridge to promote ties between Turkey and ASEAN.

The Vietnamese NA Chairwoman suggested both sides enhance delegation exchanges at all levels to bolster solidarity and mutual understanding of the two peoples. Also, she asked Turkey to soon recognise Vietnam as a market economy and remove protectionism measures and anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese exports.

Yildirim said Ngan’s visit to Turkey is special as it takes place on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The host highlighted the fruitful development of the political bonds between Vietnam and Turkey and suggested the two countries also develop legislative ties apart from relations between Governments.

He said the friendship parliamentarians’ groups of the two countries play an important role in promoting the legislative ties.

At the talks, both sides discussed global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the East Sea issues. They agreed that maintaining peace, stability, security and aviation and navigation safety in the waters is of mutual benefit of all countries.

The Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly affirmed that he supported the settlement of disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means which are in line with the international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The same day in Ankara, NA Chairwoman Ngan and the Vietnamese delegation laid a wreath of flowers at the tomb of Kemal Mustafa Ataturk, the first President of Turkey.