Viet Nam to Enhance Cooperation with UN, Austria

A delegation of Austrian Federal Council led by President Sissy Roth-Halvax paid a courtesy visit to Viet Nam on May 23 at the invitation of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An. The welcoming ceremony was held at the Ba Dinh Hall, Ha Noi on the same day.

NA Chairman Nguyen Van An (1st, L) and President Sissy Roth-Halvax (2nd, L) at the welcoming ceremony
NA Chairman Nguyen Van An affirmed that the visit would strengthen the friendship and cooperation, particular in legislation, opening good prospects of trade and investments between the two nations.

President Roth-Halvax said that she was delighted at Viet Nam’s achievements during the reform process in recent years, and wished to further boost the cooperation between the two nations, especially in legislation bodies.

The NA Chairman gave a presentation on the operation of the NA and socio-economic developments of Viet Nam after 20 years of economic reforms.

He added that Vietnamese Government is undertaking research on other nations’ experience to prepare for a Constitutional Court in Viet Nam. Viet Nam’s National Assembly is to set up a committee responsible for fighting corruption.

The Austrian delegation also laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and called in at his working and living places next to the museum.

State President Tran Duc Luong, on the same day, had talks with the Austrian Federal Council led by President Sissy Roth-Halvax at the Presidential Palace.

Viet Nam would like the Austrian Parliament and Government to encourage Austrian businesses to increase direct investment and trade, and boost bilateral co-operation in economics, culture, tourism, education and training, and science-technology, said President Luong.

Austrian Federal Council President Sissy Roth-Halvax told President Luong of her hopes to enhance Austria-Viet Nam bilateral co-operation.

She said both countries boast great potential for co-operation that should be further tapped, especially in economics, trade, culture and tourism.

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, on the same day, held talks with Austrian delegation. The PM expressed his delight at the positive development of the Viet Nam-Austria friendship and bilateral co-operation over the recent past.

Viet Nam attaches importance to its friendly relationship and cooperation with Austria in particular and the European Union (EU) in general, he added.

The EU, the currently potential partner, has significant contributions to the success of Viet Nam over the past 20 years, he said. The PM expressed deep gratitude to the Austrian government for humanitarian aid in education, healthcare and poverty elimination.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (R) and his wife in Viet Nam
The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Ha Noi on May 23 to start his three-day visit to Viet Nam.

The Secretary-General will hold a meeting with Vietnamese high-ranking officials over some socio-economic programs to be generated in Viet Nam with the assistance of the UN.

A meeting will focus on measures of poverty alleviation, healthcare service, educational quality, management skills and human resources in Viet Nam.

On this occasion, Viet Nam affirmed the great importance it attaches to relations with the UN and its commitment to UN activities, especially when it is running for the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 tenure. 

By BM - Translated by Van Hanh

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