HA NOI - Belarus is interested in enhancing bilateral and multilateral relationships with Viet Nam and wants Viet Nam to act as a bridge for Belarus to promote ties with other ASEAN nations, said the Chairman of the Belarus House of Representatives, Vladimir Andreichenko in talks with Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday in Ha Noi.
The Belarus House of Representatives also attached importance to the development of its relationship with the Vietnamese National Assembly, Adreichenko said, pointing to the contributions made by the two nations' parliamentarian friendship groups to promoting co-operation between the two legislatures.
Andreichenko, arriving on a planned four-day visit to Viet Nam, congratulated Viet Nam for its great achievements in national reconstruction and development and its rising international position and role, especially in the Asia-Pacific region and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Trong noted the significance of Andreichenko's first visit to Viet Nam, expressing his belief that it would make important contributions to boosting the tradition of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and their legislative bodies.
The NA leader said that the Viettnamese National Assembly, the supreme organ of State power, was renewing itself organisationally and operationally towards greater democracy and efficiency. The two chairmen agreed that Viet Nam-Belarus economic ties had not matched their potential, citing bilateral trade turnover of just US$120 million (S$157.7 million) in 2009.
Much needed to be done to strengthen economic, trade and investment co-operation on the basis of exploiting each country's potential and advantages, they further agreed.
Greater efforts were needed to overcome obstacles to stronger bilateral trade and expanded business and investment co-operation, consistent with agreements already signed between the two nations.
Trong also urged Belarus to consider entering into a Free Trade Agreement with Viet Nam. The two leaders agreed that the two legislative bodies would actively implement signed cooperative agreements, oversee their implementation and support co-operation between localities and business groups of the two countries. The two sides would continue to exchange delegations, share experiences on lawmaking and oversight, and strengthen co-operation in regional and international inter-parliamentary fora.
The NA Chairman thanked Belarus for creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community there.