|National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (1st from R) attends the first Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Parliamentary Summit in Laos.__Photo: VNA
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s recent working trip to Laos and Thailand have met all set goals and requirements bilaterally and multilaterally, assessed General Secretary of the NA and Chairman of the NA Office Bui Van Cuong.
The top legislator led a high-level NA delegation to attend the first Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Parliamentary Summit in Laos and pay a working visit to Laos and an official visit to Thailand from December 4 to 10.
With over 60 diverse activities, the working trip was a practical step in implementing the external relations direction set by the 13th National Party Congress and Directive 25-CT/TW of the Party Central Committee on promoting and elevating multilateral foreign relations by 2030. It contributed to further strengthening relations with neighboring countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The two-day CLV Parliamentary Summit saw top legislators of the three countries sign a joint statement on promoting the parliamentary role in bolstering the trilateral comprehensive cooperation.
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue affirmed that the establishment of the high-level conference mechanism is a significant milestone in the history of cooperation among the CLV legislatures. It marks the elevation of the ties to the highest level, implementing the outcomes achieved at the high-level meeting of the top party leaders of the CLV in September 2021.
During Hue’s working visit in Laos, the two sides exchanged various specific measures to promote joint works between the two countries in general and between the two parliaments in particular, aiming to effectively implement agreements between Vietnamese and Lao high-level leaders.
Major Laotian newspapers such as Pasaxon, PathetLao, and LaoPhatthana all affirmed that the visit significantly contributed to strengthening the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, states, parliaments and peoples.
Meanwhile, Hue's visit to Thailand, taking place on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the two countries’ strategic partnership (2013-2023), is the first official trip to Thailand by a high-ranking Vietnamese leader after its new Government had been formed. The prominent activities during the visit were the Vietnamese NA Chairman's discussions and meetings with the highest leaders of Thailand. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted that Hue is also the first foreign National Assembly Chairman to meet with the Thai King and Queen.
|NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Thai House Speaker Wan Muhamad Noor Matha exchange a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Vietnamese NA and the Thai House of Representatives.__Photo: VNA
Thai leaders affirmed that Vietnam is an important regional partner of Thailand, agreeing to further deepen their strategic partnership. The Prime Minister of Thailand expressed the desire to elevate the bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership during his planned visit to Vietnam next year.
As part of the trip, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Vietnamese NA and the Thai House of Representatives was signed.
Thai media gave extensive coverage of the visit, highlighting the significance and results, with The Bangkok Post underscoring the unprecedented growth of the countries’ relationship in the past decade and considering now a ripe time for its promotion.
While in Thailand, the Vietnamese top legislator participated in a Vietnam-Thailand policy and legal forum on promoting bilateral economic, trade, and investment cooperation and witnessed the launch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (VietCham Thailand). He met and exchanged views with the President of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and some leaders of major Thai economic corporations.
To ensure these areas truly become pillars of cooperation, Hue expressed the desire for both countries to innovate their thinking and vision with mutual trust, sincerity, openness, responsibility, and effectiveness, fostering a win-win cooperation and considering it an unchanging factor to cope with the ever-changing global and regional situation.
Hue also delivered an important policy speech at Chulalongkorn University in the capital, Bangkok, addressing cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand at bilateral, regional, and global levels.
In Udon Thani province, home to around 60,000 Vietnamese expatriates, the Vietnamese NA leader and provincial leaders inaugurated its Vietnam Town. The provincial governor, Wanchai Kongkasem, hailed the Vietnamese community as an important factor in promoting the nations’ bilateral relations and described the Vietnam Town a symbol of solidarity, friendship, and cooperation.-(VNA/VLLF)