National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng (right) meets with US Senator Tammy Duckworth on Wednesday in Hà Nội. — Photo quochoi.vn

HÀ NỘI — National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng hosted a reception in Hà Nội on Wednesday for a visiting delegation from the US Senate led by Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Welcoming the visit which is taking place as the two countries are preparing to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2020, Phóng said it will help deepen the partnership between the two parliaments as well as the Việt Nam-US comprehensive partnership.

The official said Việt Nam always attaches great importance to developing ties with the US in bilateral, regional and global aspects.

She expressed her delight as the Việt Nam-US relations have expanded in many areas, including politics, economy, trade, science, technology, culture, education, defence and security, stressing that Việt Nam considers the US as one of its leading economic and trade partners.

Phóng proposed the US parliament support the approval of resolutions promoting the economic-trade relations with Việt Nam on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

She praised the important role of the US parliament in enhancing ties between the two countries, and thanked the parliament and government for taking actions to deal with war aftermath in Việt Nam, including the bomb and mine clearance and detoxification in Đà Nẵng Airport as well as Biên Hòa Airport.

Duckworth congratulated Việt Nam on achievements the country has reached over the years, including the winning of a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for the 2020-21 tenure. In 2020, Việt Nam will perform the role of ASEAN Chair, she said.

The Senator held the two sides should continue maintaining commitments in coping with war consequences in Việt Nam.

Duckworth expressed her hope that in the future, Việt Nam will create opportunities for US businesses to invest in Việt Nam. The two sides should continue the exchange of delegations at high and all levels, especially among US parliamentarians and Vietnamese NA deputies to discuss issues of shared concern. — VNS