HA NOI — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung yesterday highly valued Indonesia's activities to promote the roles and contributions of member countries' parliaments in building the ASEAN Community in 2015.
|NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (right) meets with Indonesia's House of Representatives Speaker Marzuki Alie during his official visit to Viet Nam yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
He made the statement while receiving the Speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives Marzuki Alie, who is also president of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).
Hung appreciated the individual role of Marzuki Alie in realising AIPA's goals in his tenure as president from 2011-12, as well as the role of Indonesia in recent activities of ASEAN.
He thanked Marzuki Alie for choosing Viet Nam as a destination for his working visit to discuss agenda topics of the 33th General Assembly of AIPA on the threshold of the conference.
His visit manifested the tradition of friendship that continues nearly six decades after bilateral diplomatic ties were established.
He congratulated Indonesia for its social, economic and foreign affairs achievements despite the global economic downturn.
The chairman expressed pleasure at the positive results of co-operative activities between the two countries in recent years, adding that the two sides should discuss and work out more efficient regimes to boost bilateral trade and investment.
In the meeting, both sides agreed to exchange more high-ranking delegations and create more parliamentary committees to foster the friendly ties and comprehensive co-operation between the two parliaments as well as the traditional relationship between the two peoples.
They also reached a consensus on speeding up the implementation of the two parliaments'co-operative agreement and joining hands in activities at international and regional inter-parliament fora, especially within the AIPA and Inter-Parliamentary Union framework.
After expressing his pleasure at the promising developments in relations between both countries, especially in drawing up laws, enforcing laws and carrying out exchanges, Speaker Alie said that he believed bilateral ties would develop strongly in tourism, culture, politics, economics and diplomacy in the near future.
Alie hoped that both parliaments would continue to support and foster the signing of cooperative agreements to facilitate economic ties and help nurture Vietnamese-Indonesian relations.
He added that AIPA acknowledges and values Viet Nam's presence in the AIPA Council.
He also later met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The Vietnamese leader stressed that Viet Nam recognised Indonesia's role in co-operating and building the ASEAN Community and its initiative of the six-point plan to ease tensions in the East Sea.
Dung also hoped the upcoming trip of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to Indonesia would lift the bilateral ties to new high.
Alie said the next meeting of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly 33 would be held in Indonesia and focus would be on the three pillars of the ASEAN Community and the issue of the East Sea. — VNS