Visit of NA Leader to Bulgaria Aims to Enhance Multifaceted Bilateral Ties

It has been 15 years since a chairperson of the Vietnamese National Assembly has last visited Bulgaria - the last visit being by then-National-Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong in 2008 - making this week's visit the first since.

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Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation from the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) arrived in Sofia on September 23 afternoon, commencing an official visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of his counterpart Rosen Zhelyazkov.

Upon their arrival at the Sofia International Airport, NA Chairman Hue and the delegation were warmly welcomed by Vice President of the Bulgarian National Assembly Rositsa Kirova, head of the Office of the Bulgarian National Assembly President Nikola Nikolov, Vietnamese Ambassador to Bulgaria Do Hoang Long, and representatives from the Vietnamese community in the country.

During the visit, Chairman Hue will engage in talks and meetings with senior Bulgarian leaders, as well as hold exchanges and working sessions with Bulgaria’s political community and relevant agencies to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries and their legislatures.

National Assembly chairman receives Bulgaria-Vietnam Friendship Association leader

NA Leader’s Visit to Bulgaria: Further Strengthen Bilateral Multifaced Cooperation
Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and head of the Bulgaria-Vietnam Friendship Association Simeon Dimchev during their meeting in Sofia on September 24.

On September 24, Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Vuong Dinh Hue received Simeon Dimchev, head of the Bulgaria-Vietnam Friendship Association in Sofia. Hue expressed Vietnam’s high regard for Bulgaria’s role in East Europe and emphasized the importance of developing relations with the Eastern European nation.

He acknowledged the positive contributions that people’s organizations of both countries, including the Vietnam-Bulgaria Friendship Association and the Bulgaria-Vietnam Friendship Association, have made in strengthening friendly relations and cooperation over the past 73 years.

Hue highlighted the significance of people-to-people exchange activities as an important diplomatic channel for promoting cooperation between the two countries.

The top legislator mentioned that the legislative bodies of Vietnam and Bulgaria have established Parliamentary Friendship Groups, which, together with the Vietnam-Bulgaria Friendship Association and the Bulgaria-Vietnam Friendship Association, will serve to strengthen friendship between the people and enhance Vietnam–Bulgaria relations.

He informed Dimchev about the major activities during his working visit and emphasized the importance of cultural and education training in bilateral relations. He recognized the invaluable contribution of the approximately 30,000 Vietnamese nationals who have studied and worked in Bulgaria, and proposed that the Bulgaria-Vietnam Friendship Association continue to play an active role in promoting educational cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

National Assembly Chairman met with Vietnamese Ambassadors to European countries

NA Leader’s Visit to Bulgaria: Further Strengthen Bilateral Multifaced Cooperation
National Assembly Chairman met with Vietnamese Ambassadors to European countries

On the evening of September 24 (local time), at the Vietnam Embassy in Sofia, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue met with the Vietnamese Ambassadors to Bulgaria, Czechia, Romania, Slovakia, Greece, and Turkey.

Highlighting the importance of Europe as a partner of Vietnam, the National Assembly Chairman expressed his hope that the Ambassadors and embassy staff will fully grasp the resolutions of the 13th Party Congress and the National Diplomacy Conference, and implement them effectively.

He requested the embassies to actively carry out major directives in foreign affairs, considering the rapidly changing global situation. Hue emphasized the need for the embassies to play a pioneering role in enhancing Vietnam’s foreign affairs position, ensuring a peaceful and sustainable environment, and attracting external resources to support the country’s development goals.

The Chairman of the National Assembly also urged the Ambassadors to focus on economic diplomacy and work towards the ratification of the Vietnam-EU Investment Protection Agreement. He highlighted key areas of cooperation that should be actively promoted between Vietnam and EU countries, particularly in Southeast Europe, such as labor and agricultural products, information technology, and new fields like digital transformation and innovation.

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