At the meeting, the two sides lauded the sound development of the traditional friendship and all-round cooperation between the two countries over the years.
They agreed that the impressive development achievements in each country alongside the shared strengths between the two sides have laid a firm foundation for them to continue boosting their ties in the time ahead, especially between the two parliaments.
PM Phuc thanked the parliament, government, and people of Romania for their warm welcome, affirming that Vietnam always attaches great attention to its partnership with Romania and lauding the contributions of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies to the growth of bilateral relations.
He spoke highly of support from Romania, including the Chamber of Deputies, towards speeding up of the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in its role as part of the current EU presidency. He also expressed his appreciation of bilateral partnerships across all fields, and hoped to continue receiving Romania’s support in the future.
The Vietnamese Government leader suggested that Romania’s Chamber of Deputies pay more attention to the promotion of high-level meetings and exchanges, the sharing of experience between the two parliaments, and partnership among localities of the two countries.
On the occasion, PM Phuc conveyed National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s invitation to President of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea to visit Vietnam, who accepted it and pledged to make the trip at a convenient time.
For his part, President of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea described the visit of PM Phuc as an important advancement in the bilateral relations. He stated that Romania’s Chamber of Deputies treasures the Vietnam-Romania traditional friendship, while welcoming the positive developments in bilateral parliamentary cooperation and affirming that the chamber completely supports the EVFTA and EVIPA, which are expected to be signed during the rotating EU Presidency of Romania.
He held that this is an important time for the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in areas of each other’s potential and strength, such as economy-trade, oil and gas, agriculture, education and labour, especially in the sustainable management of water resources in the Mekong River and Danube subregions.
After the meeting, PM Phuc, his spouse, and the Vietnamese delegation left Bucharest for Prague to start an official visit to the Czech Republic at the invitation of its Prime Minister Andrej Babis.