China, Slovenia target closer inter-parliamentary ties

09:04, June 28, 2011      

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Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Pavel Gantar, speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia, in Beijing, capital of China, June 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

China and Slovenia vowed on Monday to boost exchanges and cooperation between the two parliaments in an aim to step up the bilateral relations.

The pledge was made during a meeting between China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and his visiting Slovenian counterpart Pavel Gantar, who was here for a five-day official visit as Wu's guest.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), the nation's top legislative body, noted that the cooperation between the legislative bodies of both countries is an important part of bilateral relations. He expressed his hope that the NPC and the Slovenian National Assembly can enhance cooperation in the future.

The NPC is prepared to further its friendly relations with the Slovenian parliament among the various special committees, friendly groups as well as the multilateral parliamentary organizations, Wu said.

On broader bilateral issues, Wu highlighted the recent growth of the China-Slovenia relations, noting that China respects the development path that the Slovenian people have chosen and appreciates the firm support Slovenia offers on issues that are important to China.

China values its ties with Slovenia and will expand its cooperation with the country in such fields as trade, science and technology, tourism and infrastructure construction, Wu added.

The two parliamentary leaders also conferred on China-EU relations, and they both agreed that China and Slovenia make concerted efforts to push forward the China-EU strategic partnership to a new height.

Gantar, speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia, expressed his admiration of the achievements that China has made during its rapid social and economic growth, noting that the facts have been self-evident that China is a reliable friend and partner of Slovenia.

The Slovenia parliament hopes to reinforce its cooperation with the NPC in a bid to foster the bilateral, pragmatic cooperation in various fields, Gantar said.

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Source: Xinhua
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