A high-level delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA), led by NA Vice Chairman, General Do Ba Ty, are paying a working visit to the Republic of South Africa from August 22-26, at the invitation of Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of the host’s NA.

On August 24, the two sides held talks at the South African Houses of Parliament in Cape Town, with the participation of NA Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty and his host counterpart Lechesa Tsenoli, along with senior officials from both legislative bodies.

During the talks, NA Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty expressed his pleasure at the fine development of the friendly and cooperative relations between Vietnam and South Africa, through the regular visits made by senior leaders, in addition to the close coordination and support given to each other at international organisations and multilateral forums, such as the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

He said that Vietnam treasures its friendship with South Africa and values the effective cooperation they have had with its parliament over the years.

He affirmed that Vietnam’s NA backs the fostering of ties between Vietnam and South Africa, while seeking to create a favourable legal framework to strengthen their bilateral economic and trade partnership.

On the occasion, he also conveyed an invitation to visit Vietnam to Speaker of South Africa’s Parliament Baleke Mbete, from NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

For his part, Tsenoli affirmed that the parliament of South Africa is willing to share experience with Vietnam in terms of legislation, supervision and the settlement of voters’ requests, thus bolstering bilateral cooperation in other fields such as economy, trade, culture and tourism.

He stated that he hopes the parliaments of both sides will work to boost two-way trade in order to match their economic and trade cooperation potential.

At the talks, the two sides agreed to increase delegation exchanges to share experience in legislation, supervision and law enforcement, as well as collaboration among NA committees.

The two parliaments will strengthen coordination and monitoring with regards to the implementation of agreements reached between the two governments, ministries and sectors.

The same day, NA Vice Chairman Ty met General Secretary of the South Africa Communist Party (SACP) Blade Nzimande, who pledged to work hard to bolster the solidarity between the two parties and peoples, considering the ties as an important political foundation for the development of economic and trade cooperation in the future.

NA Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty thanked South Africa and the SACP for supporting Vietnam in its past struggle for national liberation and the current national construction.

The two sides also discussed measures to deepen the solidarity, friendship and cooperation between the two parties for stronger ties between the two States, parliaments and peoples.