|President Truong Tan Sang (R) meets visiting Lao National Assembly Vice Chairman Somphan Phengkhammy in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang yesterday hosted a reception in Ha Noi for visiting Lao National Assembly Vice Chairman Somphan Phengkhammy.
The Lao guest briefed the President of outcomes of his working session with officials of the Vietnamese National Assembly.
He said his visit aimed to exchange legislative experiences and learn from the operation of People's Councils in Viet Nam. This will help preparations for coming elections of the Lao People's Councils.
President Sang said Viet Nam - Laos relations had made great strides politically and economically, adding that the bilateral trade turnover had been increasing. Both sides had worked closely at national and international forums and enjoyed intensified cooperation in various fields.
The State leader said that Laos would continue to be an active member of ASEAN, particularly after successfully chairing meetings among Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly meeting.
Also yesterday, NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong held talks with her visiting Lao counterpart, Somphan Phengkhammy.
|NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong held talks with her visiting Lao counterpart, Somphan Phengkhammy.— VNA/VNS Photo An Dang
She briefed her guest on Viet Nam's socio-economic development and the activities of the Vietnamese legislature, adding that the two legislative bodies fostered co-operation between the two countries.
She underlined the mutual support between the National Assemblies of Vietnam and Laos in developing human resources and their effective co-operation at many multilateral forums, such as the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
The host also congratulated Laos on becoming the host of the General Assembly of AIPA-35 in September.
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung also met Lao National Assembly Vice Chairman Somphan Phengkhammy yesterday.
Hung spoke highly of the outcome of the working session between officials of the two assemblies and asked them to share law making experiences.
He briefed the guest on the new points of Viet Nam's new Constitution and highlighted the role of the National Assembly and People's Councils in realising socio-economic development plans.
At the meeting, the Lao Vice Chairman said he hoped to learn more from the operation of Vietnamese local government and introduce models appropriate for Laos. — VNS