A Vietnamese National Assembly delegation led by Nguyen Van Son, Head of the NA’s Committee for External Relations, enthusiastically participated in activities at the 19 th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in Mongolia from Jan. 23-27.

The meeting, which drew the participation of 245 delegates from 17 regional countries, discussed a wide range of issues regarding security, politics, economics, trade, regional cooperation and plans to renovate APPF operations in the future.

Son delivered a speech at a plenary session of the meeting, giving assessments on the region’s political and economic situation and emphasising the regional and international role of the APPF.

The Vietnamese delegation put forth two proposals on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and climate change response that were adopted by the meeting.

During discussions, the delegation stressed new opportunities and challenges for the region as well as attached importance to the regional and international coordination, renovation of the APPF’s operation and coordination between the APPF and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).

Vietnam’s contributions to building a region of peace, stability, cooperation and prosperous development were applauded by international friends.

During its stay in Mongolia, the Vietnamese delegation met with Parliament Chairperson and Prime Minister of the host country, and had bilateral meetings with the delegations of Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, China, Russia, Japan and Canada. /.