NA Chairwoman arrives in Turkey for MSEAP 3
Updated : Monday, October 08, 2018 11:39 AM (GMT+0700)

NationalAssembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and a high-ranking delegation fromthe Vietnamese legislature arrived in Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey, onOctober 7 afternoon (local time).

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is welcomed at the Ataturk International Airport in
Istanbul - Photo: VNA

During the October 7-12working trip, the NA leader will attend the third Meeting of Speakers ofEurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) and visit Turkey at theinvitation of Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin andSpeaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Moon Hee-sang who areco-chairs of MSEAP and Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of TurkeyBinali Yildirim.

Welcoming NA Chairwoman Nganand her entourage at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul wereVietnamese Ambassador to Turkey Pham Anh Tuan and Vice Governor of IstanbulBahattin Atci.

MSEAP is a Eurasianparliamentary cooperation mechanism initiated by the Chairman of the State Dumaof Russia and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.The annual meeting offers a chance for legislative bodies in the region tocoordinate for action and improve the role of parliamentary diplomacy. Thefinal document of MSEAP is the Joint Statement signed by heads of theparticipating delegations. 

Vietnam took part in itsfirst edition in Russia in 2016 and the second meeting in the RoK in 2017. Thisyear’s event will convene in Antalya, Turkey under the theme “EconomicCooperation, Environment and Sustainable Development in Eurasia.” 

At MSEAP 3, the NAChairwoman will deliver a speed at the general debate while other members ofthe Vietnamese delegation will take part in other activities within theframework of the meeting.

Vietnam’s presence at theevent shows its active and responsible engagement in multilateral parliamentarydiplomacy and continues promoting its role as a player in regional and globalparliamentary cooperation mechanisms.

Following MSEAP 3, NAChairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan will begin an official visit to Turkey. This isthe first visit made by a top legislator of Vietnam and also the highest-levelvisit to Turkey.

During the visit, the topVietnamese legislator will hold talks with her Turkish counterpart BinaliYildirim and meet with senior leaders of the host country, as well as attend aVietnam-Turkey business and investment seminar which is expected to draw nearly30 Vietnamese businesses and about 100 Turkish ones. 

The visit is of greatsignificance as it aims to continue consolidating and strengthening Vietnam’sfriendship and multifaceted cooperation with Turkey in the context of the twocountries celebrating the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic tiesin 2018. It also marks a new milestone in the relationship between the twolegislatures.

Since the two countries setup their diplomatic relations on June 7, 1978, their ties have seen decentprogress with the exchange of a number of high-level visits, notably the visitof Deputy NA Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien to Turkey in February 2011 and TurkishPrime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to Vietnam in August last year.

Turkey backs the stance ofVietnam and ASEAN countries on the settlement of the East Sea disputes bypeaceful means and via dialogue and respect for international law. It shows itssupport for Vietnam’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN SecurityCouncil for 2020-2021.

Turkey is now Vietnam’sleading trade partner in the Middle East. In 2017, two-way trade exceeded 2.1billion USD, of which Vietnam’s exports were valued at 1.9 billion USD. In thefirst half of 2018, the figure was 970 million USD with 843 million USD worthof exports from Vietnam.

Turkey has been a gatewayfor Vietnamese key products like rice, rubber, tea, clothing, footwear,electronics, handicrafts and more to enter the Middle East and European Unionmarkets. Meanwhile, Turkey exported to Vietnam steel, building materials,cotton, chemicals and auto parts. 

Turkey currently operates 15FDI projects worth a total of 704 million USD in Vietnam, making it the 26thlargest foreign investor in the Southeast Asian country.

In June 2016, national flagcarrier Turkish Airlines launched direct flights from Istanbul to Hanoi and HoChi Minh City.


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