National Assembly Chairwoman speaks at the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with Representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) -
The ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with
Representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) as part of the
virtual 36th ASEAN Summit on June 26 was a success particularly in terms of the
government – parliament connection, said Chairman of the National Assembly (NA)
Committee for External Relations Nguyen Van Giau on the sideline of the event.
According to Giau, if there was no COVID-19 pandemic, participants
of the function would have discussed more issues, including the commitments
among governments in the ASEAN Community and the implementation of policies and
The interface focused on discussing COVID-19-related
matters, with delegates hailing concerted efforts made by governments,
parliaments and people of ASEAN member states. Such efforts have contributed to
initially controlling the pandemic.
Highlighting the speech given by NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi
Kim Ngan as Chair of the 41st General Assembly of the AIPA (AIPA-41), the
official said it sent the message initiated by the Vietnamese legislature and
agreed by parliaments of member states.
Regarding Vietnam’s AIPA chairmanship as part of its ASEAN Chair
2020, Giau said the pandemic has changed many traditional activities, for
example, face-to-face meetings replaced by online ones. Virtue meetings hosted
by Vietnam are highly evaluated by ASEAN governments and law-making bodies, he
Concerning the contribution of Vietnam as AIPA 41 Chair to
COVID-19 prevention and control and building a strong ASEAN Community, he
mentioned the NA leader’s letter that urged AIPA member parliaments to join
hands in protecting ASEAN from the pandemic. The letter has received positive
feedback, he added.
The interface demonstrated a sense of responsibility of
Vietnam as the host country of ASEAN and AIPA in 2020 as well as the spirit of
solidarity and consensus of ASEAN member countries in their joint work to
overcome the pandemic and further enhance their determination of building the ASEAN
At the function, the Vietnamese NA spoke highly of and
agreed with positive progress recorded in the ASEAN Community, which under the
chairmanship of Vietnam this year, will sustain bloc solidarity and promote
ASEAN’s central role in the region. The Vietnamese NA is working to prepare the
content and theme of the AIPA-41 General Assembly.
Participants of the interface hoped AIPA would continue its
role as an important partner of ASEAN, boost cooperation, dialogue, and
information exchange among parliaments, and coordinate in the implementation of
the programme on building the ASEAN community./.