A delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly participated in meetings of the ASEAN+3 and Asia-Pacific groups of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) which were held in the form of video conference on November 23.
The meetings were held to make preparations for the 143rd General Assembly of the IPU (IPU-143) slated for Spain from November 26-30.
The meeting of the ASEAN 3 Group was chaired by Chairman of the Vietnamese NA’s Committee for External Affairs Vu Hai Ha, who noted that many on-site activities of the group had been cancelled and shifted to virtual form during the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, with resolve and political will, the ASEAN 3 Group continued to maintain dialogue to contribute to the IPU’s common goals and multilateral parliamentary diplomacy, he said.
The group approved the minutes of its virtual meeting on April this year in the framework of the 142nd IPU General Assembly. It also elected the Cambodian parliament to chair the group’s meeting in the framework of the 144th IPU General Assembly scheduled for March 2022.
At the meeting of the Asia-Pacific geopolitical group (APG) under the chair of the Republic of Korea, the Vietnamese delegation presented a report on the meeting of the ASEAN+3 Group.
The APG adopted the minutes of its previous meeting held online on May 7 this year in the framework of IPU-142 and discussed the group’s vacant seats in the IPU’s mechanisms at the upcoming IPU-143.
The group agreed to nominate a representative of the Mongolian parliament to join the leadership of female parliamentarians at IPU-143.