Vietnamese NA hands over APPF chairmanship to Cambodia hinh anh 1At the hand-over ceremony (Source: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA)  – Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong has handed over the chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) for 2018-2019 and the hosting authority for the 27th APPF Annual Meeting to Cambodia. 

The hand-over ceremony took place following a meeting between the NA Vice Chairwoman and President of the Cambodian National Assembly Samdech Heng Samrin on April 25 as part of her official visit to Cambodia from April 25-26. 

Phong expressed her belief that the Cambodian NA will successfully assume the post of the APPF Chair, stressing that the Vietnamese legislature is willing to coordinate with its Cambodian counterpart and fully participate in the agenda of the APPF, helping to make the APPF-27 a success. 

In his remarks, President Samdech Heng Samrin said Cambodia will host the 27th APPF Annual Meeting in Siem Reap in January 2019. The Cambodian NA commits to making all-out efforts to contribute to promoting the friendship cooperation between regional parliaments, promote dialogue mechanisms and exchanges among parliamentarians and improving the legislatures' role in handling common regional issues, thus ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development.

During their meeting, the Cambodian top legislator said Phong’s visit will help enhance cooperation and experience exchange between the two legislative bodies. 

He used the occasion to thank the Vietnamese NA for its support to the Cambodian legislative body in all aspects. 

For her part, Phong said Vietnam always pays due attention to reinforcing the friendship and time-honoured solidarity with Cambodia. 
The same day, Vice NA Chairwoman Phong held talks with Second Vice President of the Cambodian NA Nguon Nhil

The Vietnamese legislator reviewed the fruitful cooperation between the two legislatures over the past time, and expressed her delight at socio-economic achievements the Cambodian people have recorded over the past time. 

The Vietnamese NA always attaches importance and gives the top priority to intensifying the long-standing friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, she said. 

Phong voiced her belief that the upcoming sixth NA election of Cambodia will be a success, creating a momentum for collaboration between Vietnam and Cambodia across fields, from politics to economy and national defence-security

She called for tightened legislative ties in order to expand and improve the efficiency of the affiliation between the Governments and people of the two countries, as well as mutual support at international multilateral forums. 

For his part, Nguon Nhil expressed his hope that the Vietnamese legislature will continue to support its Cambodian counterpart in the time ahead, adding the two legislative bodies should intensify delegation exchanges.

Also on April 25, Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese NA's Committee for External Relations Vu Hai Ha held talks with General Secretary of the Cambodian National Assembly Leng Peng Long to share experience in organising the APPF meeting.-VNA