Top legislator’s trip boosts ties with Cambodia, Philippines, ASEAN inter-parliamentary collaboration hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (L) welcomed at Villamor airbase in Manila, the Philippines (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s official visit to Cambodia, attendance in the 43rd ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly, and official trip to the Philippines from November 19 to 25 have contributed importantly to fostering Vietnam’s cooperation with Cambodia and the Philippines, and ASEAN inter-parliamentary collaboration.

The statement was made by Bui Van Cuong, NA General Secretary and Chairman of the NA Office.

Cuong affirmed that the top legislator’s seven-day trip was a success, with nearly 50 activities.

In Cambodia and the Philippines, Chairman Hue held talks with the top leaders of the two countries’ legislative bodies; made courtesy calls on King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia; met Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Deputy PM and Chairwoman of the Cambodia - Vietnam Friendship Association Men Sam An; and met Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos and Vice President Sara Duterte. He visited Kampong Thom province of Cambodia and received leaders of some localities of Cambodia and the Philippines.

The NA leader also met executives of some Philippine enterprises doing business in Vietnam and attended a bilateral investment and trade forum. Besides, he visited the Vietnamese embassies in Cambodia and the Philippines and talked to representatives of the Vietnamese community in Cambodia.

The visit to Cambodia was the first by Hue as the NA Chairman and also among the activities in the Vietnam - Cambodia Friendship Year 2022 and in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

Parliamentary leaders of Vietnam and Cambodia discussed many cooperation aspects, signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two parliaments, and witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the secretariats of their NAs.

In Cambodia, Chairman Hue took part in AIPA-43 and delivered an important speech. On the sidelines of this event, he had bilateral meetings with parliamentary leaders of some AIPA members and observers. 

Within the framework of AIPA-43, Hue and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Heng Samrin and Lao counterpart Saysomphone Phomvihane signed a joint statement on the establishment of a mechanism of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam parliament high-level conference, according to Vu Hai Ha, head of the foreign relations committee of the NA.

The Vietnamese delegation’s participation in AIPA-43 aimed to continue implementing the policy of proactively, actively, comprehensively, and intensively integrating into the world and elevating multilateral diplomacy; and join hands with other AIPA member parliaments to strengthen ASEAN’s solidarity and centrality while enhancing AIPA’s relations with partners, thereby contributing to the ASEAN Community building and promoting regional peace, cooperation, and development.

Meanwhile, the official visit to the Philippines from November 23 to 25 was the first to the archipelago nation by a key leader of Vietnam in 2022 and by an NA leader of Vietnam after 16 years. It was also one of the first trip by a foreign parliamentary leader to the Philippines after this country successfully held the general elections in May 2022 and elected new leaders of its House of Representatives and Senate in July.

Aside from working to intensify cooperation between the two legislatures, Hue and senior leaders of the Philippines also discussed measures for augmenting multifaceted ties to help bolster the Vietnam - Philippines strategic partnership.

Notably, both the House of Representatives and Senate of the Philippines issued resolutions affirming the enhancement of relations between the countries’ legislative bodies, with the host nation setting up the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians Friendship Society./.