National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has said the NA Commitees for External Relations of Vietnam and Laos should continue to strengthen their coordination to enhance the effectiveness of the cooperation between the two parliaments.

The Chairman made the remarks during a reception for head of the Lao NA Committee for External Relations Coukeo Akhamunty in Hanoi on December 26.

He suggested that the two committees should actively exchange viewpoints and foster coordination at the regional and international inter-parliamentary forums, supporting mutual interest of both countries for a region of peace and development and a united ASEAN Community.

Hung praised the cooperation results between the two committees, especially in the organisation of events marking the 2012 Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year.

The two sides worked closely in bilateral cooperation activities such as a conference on Vietnam-Laos NA cooperation, the signing of a new cooperation agreement between the two NAs and the successful organisation of the 7 th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership meeting (ASEP-7) in Laos, he noted.-VNA