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Top legislator holds talks with Bhutan’s National Council Chairman

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on May 13 held talks with Chairman of the National Council (Upper House) of Bhutan Tashi Dorji, who is in Vietnam for an official visit and to attend the 16th UN Day of Vesak.

This is the first official visit to Vietnam by a high-ranking Bhutan leader since the two countries set up diplomatic ties in 2012, Ngan said. The Vietnamese top legislator expressed her belief that the visit will significantly contribute to building and promoting the fruitful friendship between the two States and their peoples.

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Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (right) and Chairman of the National Council (Upper House) of Bhutan Tashi Dorji.

She congratulated Tashi Dorji on his election as Chairman of the National Council of Bhutan, and believed that under the leadership of the Chairman and other leaders, Bhutan people will reap more successes and the country will become more prosperous.

For his part, Tashi Dorji congratulated Ngan for being Vietnam’s first NA Chairwoman and expressed his fine impression on Vietnamese land and people.

He spoke highly of Vietnam’s organisation of the 16th UN Day of Vesak 2019 which is taking place at the Tam Chuc Buddhism Culture Centre in Kim Bang district of northern Ha Nam province from May 12-14.

NA Chairwoman Ngan briefed her guest on Vietnam’s socio-political-economic situation, saying the country’s economy grew 7.08 percent in 2018, the highest pace since 2008.

The Vietnamese NA leader congratulated Bhutan for achievements that the country – with the highest Gross Happiness Index in the world - has gained so far.

At the talks, the two leaders agreed that since the two countries set up diplomatic relations in 2012, the bilateral friendship and cooperation have been growing but yet to match the strength and potential of both sides.

Dorji held that Vietnam and Bhutan share many similarities in culture and religion, especially Buddhism values and love for peace. Therefore, the two sides can share experience in national development and expand partnership in various areas

The Vietnamese top legislator declared that Vietnam is willing to share experience with Bhutan in economic development, especially agriculture, rural development, education and social welfare.

Speaking highly of Vietnam’s great achievements, Dorji stressed that the country has risen to stardom as a good economic development model in the region amid various challenges, and hoped it will reap further success in the time ahead.

He suggested Vietnam and Bhutan promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture. As Bhutan sees Vietnam as a role model in agricultural development, particularly agriculture mechanization.

The same day, NA Chairwoman Ngan hosted a banquet for a high-ranking delegation from Bhutan, led by Tashi Dorji.

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Source: VNA

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