16:32 | 30/11/2016 Events
Vietnamese National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong called on Asian countries to enhance cooperation to promote peace and security and cope with common challenges while delivering a speech at the 9th Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Plenum (APA-9) in Cambodia on November 29.
NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong delivers her speech at the 9th APA Plenum in Cambodia on November 29 - (Credit: VNA)
Asian countries should continue to build and reinforce trust, increase mutual understanding, and address disputes and differences via peaceful means, dialogue and negotiations based on the fundamental principles of international law and the respect for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, the NA Vice Chairwoman said.
She also emphasised that ties between the Asian people and the rest of the world is crucial for creating a peaceful and prosperous continent.
At the national level, Asian countries should reform growth models and restructure the economy to obtain sustainable development and ensure greater harmony between economic growth, social progress and equality and environmental and natural resources protection, she added.
The representatives of the people should continue to push governments to take responsibility for targets they have committed to while adopting appropriate laws and budgets and ensuring the legitimate interests of citizens, as well as expanding regional, inter-regional and global relations, she recommended.
The Vietnamese parliamentary leader called attention to issues that are important to building APA into an efficient inter-parliamentary organization, which include reshuffling APA’s structure and activities; renewing its agenda and promoting measures to prevent potential conflicts; and enhancing the relations and interaction between APA and the governments of member nations.
She suggested increasing the involvement of citizens in national development, calling it the primary condition for ensuring democracy and bringing peace and stability to countries and regions across the globe.
The legislator also called for promoting exchanges between APA member parliaments to increase their mutual understanding and trust and deepen the friendship among nations.
As one of the founders of APA, Vietnam has pursued a consistent diplomatic policy of independence, self-reliance, persification and multilateralization of relations with foreign nations, she affirmed.
Vietnam has also proactively and actively integrated into the world, and the country is a reliable partner and responsible member of the international community, she said.
The Vietnamese National Assembly is willing to cooperate with APA member parliaments to build an Asia of peace and sustainable development.
At the APA-9, which is due to wind up on December 1, participants are discussing 21 draft resolutions on key regional issues.
On the sidelines of the event, NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong met with President of the Cambodian National Assembly Heng Samrin, during which both sides expressed their wish to consolidate and develop the two countries’ traditional friendship and solidarity./.