Budapest, March 30 (MTI) – Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen has left for talks in Vietnam this week in connection with the 132nd assembly of the Interparliamentary Union in Hanoi.

Semjen is accompanied by Janos Latorcai, the deputy speaker of Hungarian Parliament, during the visit to last until April 1.

Semjen held talks with Hoang Trung Hai, the deputy prime minister of Vietnam, and Latorcai met Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the deputy speaker of Vietnam’s parliament, the press chief at the prime minister’s office told MTI on Monday.

The Hungarian delegation was received by President Truong Tan Sang, said Bertalan Havasi. The sides discussed the Hungarian Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme and the fact that its quota for Vietnamese students has been raised to 100. They addressed a water treatement project at the Red River which is financed through an aid loan from Hungary as well as an oncology clinic to be built at Can Tho from the same sources.

Talks also addressed further opportunities in training Vietnamese professionals, Havasi said, adding that Vietnam welcomed the re-opening of the Hungarian consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City.

The delegation also met Nguyen Van Nhon, the archbishop of Hanoi. Semjen and members of the Interparliamentary Union group of Hungarian Parliament met with the representatives of the Vietnamese-Hungarian Friendship Society.


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