In response, the top Vietnamese legislator stated Vietnam treasures its traditional friendship with countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria being a priority partner.

The two sides agreed that the nations’ close and loyal friendship is a valuable asset that should be preserved and promoted by their leaders and people, including more than 30,000 Vietnamese who have been trained, educated, and worked in Bulgaria and around 1,000 Vietnamese expatriates living in the European country.

At the meeting between National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Sofia on September 25

The Bulgarian President wished to continue strengthening the exchange of information and experience between the two countries in general and their legislative bodies in particular.

The N.A. Chairman informed his host about the results of his talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Rosen Zhelyazkov and the signing of five important documents in the fields of parliament, culture, tourism and locality-to-locality cooperation.

Vuong Dinh Hue underscored that the Vietnamese N.A. consistently supports the nations’ comprehensive cooperation across various fields, including politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, culture-tourism, education-training, labor, and locality-to-locality cooperation.

Both sides agreed to soon organize the 24th meeting of the Vietnam - Bulgaria intergovernmental committee this year to review and agree on measures to enhance the effectiveness of the bilateral economic cooperation. Vuong Dinh Hue said he supports the Bulgarian President's proposal to establish joint ventures in areas where countries have strengths and needs, especially logistics, innovation, and new technologies.

He thanked Bulgaria for actively supporting the signing and ratification of the E.U. - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the recent approval of the E.U. - Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). These legal frameworks are essential for Vietnamese and Bulgarian businesses to strengthen their trade and investment cooperation.

The leaders said they back the sides’ enhancement of student exchanges, promotion of their respective university and postgraduate programs, and teaching of Vietnamese and Bulgarian languages at universities in each country.

Vuong Dinh Hue expressed his hope that Bulgaria will continue to pay attention to and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese expatriate community.

Given current complex challenges and traditional and non-traditional security threats, the two leaders emphasized the need for closer coordination at multilateral and regional forums, particularly the U.N.

Radev affirmed his support for Vietnam's and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s stance on regional security issues, including conflict resolution through peaceful means based on respect for international law and the U.N. Charter.

On the occasion, Vuong Dinh Hue conveyed official invitations by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Vo Van Thuong for the Bulgarian President to visit Vietnam. Radev accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Source: VNA