President Truong Tan Sang on March 28 hosted a reception for members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) executive committee who are in Hanoi to attend the 132nd IPU Assembly (IPU-132).

Welcoming the Union’s selection of Vietnam as the host of the IPU-132, he said he believes that the outcomes of the event will create a fresh impulse for each member’s growth, for a world of peace and development.

He also expressed his hope that the Hanoi Declaration to be sent to the United Nations General Assembly will have great significance to underdeveloped countries and help narrow the development gap among nations.

He affirmed that the Vietnamese National Assembly, since its participation in the IPU, is always an active member standing ready to make more contributions to the organisation.

IPU President Saber Chowdhury highlighted the significance of the Hanoi Declaration since it will serve as a foundation for the UN in outlining a target programme on sustainable development.

He said he hopes that the IPU-132 will receive a wide range of feedback as well as issuing important resolutions to make it a success.-VNA