Hanoi (VNA) – The official visit of Vietnamese National Assembly Speaker Vuong Dinh Hue to Hungary on June 26-28 promises to give new impetus to 72-year bilateral relations, according to Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam Őry Csaba.
“This visit will help strengthen the traditional friendship between the two countries and promises to bring practical benefits desired by the speaker of the National Assembly,” he told the press ahead of the Vietnamese leader’s departure for Hungary.
“The visit is also an opportunity for heads of ministries and branches of the two countries to meet each other and sign a series of cooperation agreements, or for business leaders to seek opportunities for cooperation, investment and trade,” he said.
“Vietnamese-Hungarian relations are generally excellent. In the judiciary, the two Supreme Prosecutor’s Offices and the two Supreme Courts also often maintain close ties,” said Ambassador Őry Csaba.
This visit comes amid the positive development of relations between the two countries in recent years since the two countries established a full partnership during the official visit of the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyên Phu, to Hungary in September 2018 Stark Stark.
“Relationships between the two countries span many areas, including education and culture. New areas are also being developed. When Hungary announced the Look East policy in 2014, they kept growing with new projects,” he added.
“We are planning to open a Hungarian cultural center in Hanoi and hope that the next visit of Speaker of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Huê, both sides will make progress in the field of education and culture,” he said.
Besides the Hungarian Cultural Center project in Hanoi, Hungary also has some other projects in Vietnam, including the Can Tho Oncology Hospital (South) construction project.
“The parliamentary relations between the two countries are also a very important area of Hungarian diplomacy,” continued the diplomat, who was a member of the Hungarian National Assembly and the European Parliament for six years.
“The First Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, Márta Mátrai, visited Vietnam in January 2022. After two years of the pandemic, this visit marked a fresh start for the next phase of cooperation,” he said in return, describing the visit as a great success.
Hungary actively pushed for the adoption of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and was the first EU country to ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). According to statistics, bilateral trade reached $1.1 billion in 2021.
The Hungarian government had decided to offer 200 scholarships to Vietnamese students and interns every year as part of the scholarship program Stipendium Hungaricum. Every year about 400 to 500 Vietnamese students start their new schoolwork in Hungary.
“The Vietnamese community in Hungary, around 5,000 people strong, is respected and valued by us for their efforts to integrate into the host society as well as for their development,” said the ambassador, noting that they are a very important and dynamic bridge between the countries represents the two countries. – VNA