VOV.VN -National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan arrived in Ankara on October 10 afternoon (local time), starting an official visit to Turkey at the invitation of Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Binali Yildirim.
The Vietnamese NA leader’s visit came after concluding her activities at the third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Antalya city of Turkey.
Among prominent guests welcoming Ngan and her delegation at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara included Vietnamese Ambassador to Turkey Pham Anh Tuan, Chairman of the Turkey-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Sami Cakir, along with Vietnamese community representatives in the country.
This is the first time a top legislator of Vietnam has paid an official visit and also the highest-level visit by a leader of the Vietnamese Party and State to Turkey.
The visit represents a landmark in the two NAs’ relations, and at the same time, aims to further deepen the friendship and all-around partnership between Vietnam and Turkey as the two countries are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
During the visit, the two sides are expected to examine ways to increase bilateral cooperation in key areas, reinforce their political trust for each other and actualize signed agreements. In addition, it will provide a platform for enterprises from both sides to seek partnerships and investment opportunities.
Turkey is now Vietnam’s leading trade partner in the Middle East. In 2017, two-way trade exceeded US$2.1 billion, including US$1.9 billion worth of Vietnam’s exports. In the first half of 2018, the figure was US$970 million with US$843 million stemming from Vietnam’s exports.
Turkey is seen as a gateway for Vietnamese key products like rice, rubber, tea, clothing, footwear, electronics, handicrafts and more to enter the Middle East and European Union markets. Meanwhile, Turkey exports to Vietnam steel, building materials, cotton, chemicals and auto parts.
Turkey currently operates 15 FDI projects with a total registered capital of more than US$700 million in Vietnam.
Regarding parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, the two sides haved maintained delegation exchange between the two legislatures in order to exchange information and experience in parliamentary activities, and to create a legal corridor for the two governments to boost cooperation and exchange on citizen protection.
On the evening of October 10, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and her delegation are scheduled to visit Vietnamese Embassy officials and staff and Vietnamese community representatives in Turkey.