Youri Latortue posing for an official picture with President of the National Assembly of Vietnam.

The President of the Haitian Senate, Youri Latortue, left Vietnam on Tuesday evening, 20 June, ending his official visit at the invitation of Nguyen Thi Kim Ngân, President of the National Assembly of Vietnam.

During his stay from June 17 to 20, Youri Latortue met with Nguyên Thi Kim Ngân, met with the secretary general of the Vietnamese Communist Party Nguyên Phu Trong, President of the Republic Trân Dai Quang, and Prime Minister Nguyên Xuân Phuc.

Yourie became the first sitting Haitian Politician to attended a plenary session of the National Assembly and held long working sessions with the telecommunications group Viettel, which is already present in Haiti and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

President of Haitian Senate lands in Vietnam for official visit

During these meetings, both sides welcomed the visit as the first exchange of high level delegations between the two legislative bodies. They agreed to continue to maintain exchanges of visits at all levels and to support each other in international organizations and multilateral forum such as the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Vietnam has asked Haiti to support Vietnam in its bid for the post of non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2020-2021 and that of the Director-General of UNESCO for the 2017-2021 term .

The Haitian side wanted to promote bilateral relations in telecommunications, agriculture and gender equality.

During their meeting, the two leaders discussed regional and international issues of common interest, including the situation in the East Sea. They decided that this issue should be resolved by peaceful means, including the use of diplomatic and legal procedures, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The two parliamentary leaders agreed to establish parliamentary friendship groups, to intensify exchanges of high-level delegations and experiences, to improve mutual understanding and trust, and to cooperate more closely within the forums of multilateral parliamentarians.-