Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tòng Thị Phóng (right) meets her Lao counterpart Somphanh Phengkhammy. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — The comprehensive co-operation between the national assemblies of Việt Nam and Laos has developed fruitfully, said Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Tòng Thị Phóng.
During talks with her Lao counterpart Somphanh Phengkhammy in Hà Nội on Thursday, Phóng said leaders of the two parliaments have held regular meetings and co-chaired activities to share their experience in law-making and supervision.
The sides have also co-ordinated on multilateral diplomatic affairs, particularly at inter-parliamentary forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), she said.
Following the success of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam, President Nguyễn Phú Trọng’s official visit to Laos, the two sides agreed to new collaboration activities. They will focus on sharing experience in legislation to speed the implementation of co-operation pacts signed between the two nations.
Vice Chairwoman Phóng said the Vietnamese NA is willing to co-ordinate closely with its Lao counterpart by sharing information to better implement their supervisory duties and roles in deciding the important issues of each country.
Phengkhammy said the ongoing visit aims to fortify relations between the Vietnamese and Lao parties, states and legislatures.
He said the Lao NA is preparing for a parliamentary election in 2021 and said he hoped the Vietnamese legislature would share its experience to help its Lao counterpart improve its effectiveness. — VNS