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Swedish parliament’s speaker visits Vietnam
By Thanh Nien News -

Urban Ahlin, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, is travelling with a delegation of six parliamentarians from four different political parties.
The Speaker of the Swedish Parliament,will begin his five-day visit to Vietnam on Saturday on the occasion of Sweden’s participation in the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) in Hanoi.
Urban Ahlin is travelling with a delegation of six parliamentarians from four different political parties, the Swedish Embassy in Hanoi said Thursday.
During his visit, Ahlin will meet Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and hold talks with Vietnam National Assembly's Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
Ahlin, the second Swedish parliamentary leader to visit Vietnam in 20 years, will also have meetings with Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang.
Health and transport have been identified as two potential sectors of intensified business opportunities and technology transfer between Sweden and Vietnam.
Ahlin said he is delighted to visit Vietnam for the first time to attend the IPU-132 in Hanoi and to witness the prosperous development of what is considered to be a unique and special bilateral relationship.
Sweden was the first Western country to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam already in 1969.
“My visit serves to strengthen ties between our countries and our peoples and provide opportunities for mutual understanding of good parliamentary practices and contributing to the enhancement of trade flows, investment and technology transfers between Sweden and Vietnam” said Ahlin prior to his visit.
He is also planning to participate in a field visit to ABB’s transformer factory in Bac Ninh province and join a campaign to raise public awareness about traffic safety.
Outside his official program, Ahlin would like to understand more about the Vietnamese culture by walking in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and try its specialty, bún chả.
In 1995, former Swedish speaker Birgitta Dahl was the first speaker from a Western country speaking at Vietnam’s National Assembly.
The IPU-132, which will run from March 28 to April 1, will comprise of a series of meetings and discussion sessions covering issues of global concern, including international law, threats to peace and security, cyber security, and water resources.
The event is expected to receive more than 1,300 delegates from 160 countries and territories.