National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân at third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Antalya, Turkey. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đức
HÀ NỘI — The third Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Antalya, Turkey, closed on Tuesday and adopted the 17-point Antalya Statement, with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân leading a Vietnamese delegation to the event.
The statement recognised the role played by parliaments of Eurasian countries in creating a frank discussion of issues, results achieved at conferences in Moscow and Seoul and exchanging views on measures to promote parliamentary diplomacy.
Recognising the importance of development in the region, the statement affirmed commitment to promoting joint efforts in legislative support, and exploring possibilities of expanding partnerships in Eurasia for a shared future.
It also noted the need for inclusive and sustainable growth, co-operation in many areas of common interest, such as logistics, customs harmonisation, multimodal connectivity, infrastructure development, business facilitation and technology transfer.
Additionally, the statement acknowledged the aspirations of countries to encourage the use of new measures to support economic and trade activities through intra-bloc co-operation.
Participants also reaffirmed their support for an open, inclusive, non-discriminatory, transparent and law-abiding multilateral trading system within the framework of the World Trade Organsation (WTO).
They also reiterated their commitments to ensure the implementation of the existing rules of the WTO and their determination to enhance co-operation to strengthen the organisation while rejecting trade practices that do not conform to WTO rules.
The statement acknowledged the importance of efforts made by countries, international organisations and associations of mutual interest in connecting national development strategies and multilateral integration projects.
It also highlighted the important role parliaments play in prioritising addressing environmental challenges in national agendas in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The statement reaffirmed the commitment to resolving conflicts by peaceful measures with no use or threatening to use force, and adhering to international law and the UN Charter.
It appreciated the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for hosting the MSEAP 3, and recognised the efforts of the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly and the State Duma of Russia for establishing the MSEAP mechanism and co-chairing the meeting; and agreed the Republic of Kazakhstan will host MSEAP 4 in 2019. — VNS