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Kazakhstani Parliament's Lower House Chairman paying official visit

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Kazakhstani Parliament's Lower House Chairman paying official visit

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Chairman of the Mazhilis (Lower House) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Nurlan Nigmatulin at the welcome ceremony on November 14 (Photo: VNA)

Mr. Nurlan Nigmatulin in Vietnam from November 13-15.

by Long Van

Chairman of the Mazhilis (Lower House) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Nurlan Nigmatulin is paying an official visit to Vietnam from November 13 to 15 at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During their talks in Hanoi on November 14, host and guest reached agreement on stepping up bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) quoted NA Chairwoman Ngan as describing Mr. Nigmatulin’s official visit as “a milestone in the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries.”

Mr. Nigmatulin, meanwhile, highlighted the fruitful bilateral relationship, especially the active development of legislative ties, with regular visits and meetings, including bilateral ones on the sidelines of regional and international parliamentary forums, VNA reported.

Host and guest shared the view that in addition to growing political and diplomatic relations, economic and trade links between Vietnam and Kazakhstan have also been stepped up, according to the State-run news agency.

Since 2016, the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union has benefited Vietnam-Kazakhstan economic and trade cooperation, they said, adding that two-way trade increased from more than $200 million in 2017 to $268 million last year. The figure stood at nearly $130 million in the first half of this year.

However, the leaders noted, the results are yet to match potential.

NA Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that Vietnam hopes to enhance the export of mobile phones and electronic products and components to Kazakhstan, and stands ready to facilitate the import of ore, minerals, chemicals, and computers from the Central Asian country.

The two sides will prioritize boosting economic and trade ties, especially in the areas of Vietnam’s strength and Kazakhstan’s demand, such as light industry, food, and garments-textiles.

Ms. Ngan lauded the success of the ninth meeting of the Vietnam-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Committee in Nursultan last September, which set forth specific cooperation orientations in various spheres.

The NA is willing to work together with the government and relevant agencies to create favorable conditions for Kazakhstani businesses to operate in Vietnam, she said, while asking that the Kazakhstani Parliament facilitate the operations of Vietnamese firms in the country.

She thanked Kazakhstan for supporting Vietnam in it successful bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021, and highly valued the close coordination and mutual support between the two countries at regional and international forums, as well as within the framework of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the UN.

Regarding the East Sea, Ms. Ngan said Vietnam welcomes the efforts of all countries to contribute to maintaining peace, stability, security, and freedom of navigation and aviation for cooperation and development in the region.

She called on Kazakhstan to support the stance of Vietnam and ASEAN that disputes in the East Sea must be handled by peaceful measures, without the use of force or threat to use force in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

She suggested the two sides consider signing a cooperation agreement between the two legislative bodies, creating an important legal foundation for sustainable and effective cooperation.

At the same time, the two sides should increase delegation exchanges at different levels, promote consultation mechanisms, and closely coordinate at multilateral forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP), and the Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries (MSEAP), Ms. Ngan said.

Agreeing, Mr. Nigmatulin said the two sides should focus on enhancing economic and trade ties in the time to come.

There is room for the two to expand trade and investment links and tourism cooperation, he added.

He suggested the two nations further promote the exchange of delegations at different levels, thus increasing mutual trust and understanding and creating momentum for stronger bilateral cooperation, including collaboration between the two legislative bodies, their committees, and parliamentary groups.

He thanked NA Chairwoman Ngan for her invitation to attend the 41st ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41) in 2020, confirming that Kazakhstan will send a delegation.

In a meeting with media after the talks, NA Chairwoman Ngan said the two sides agreed to consider the possibility of signing a cooperation agreement between the two legislatures, creating a foundation for fostering their effective and sustainable cooperation.

The two sides also agreed to maintain and promote the consultation mechanism and closely coordinate at multilateral forums such as IPU, APPF, ASEP, and MSEAP.

Mr. Nigmatulin said Kazakhstan considers Vietnam a strategic partner in Southeast Asia, while Vietnam considers Kazakhstan an important partner in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

He said the two sides will promote the exchange of delegations and share experience in law-making and building legal corridor for operations of the two legislative bodies.

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