NA Vice Chairwoman meets IPU leader, Cuban counterpart
13:41 | 16/10/2019

VGP - Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Tong Thi Phong had separate meetings with President of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Gabriela Cuevas Barron and Vice President of the Cuban National Assembly Ana Maria Mari Machado on October 15 on the sidelines of the 141st IPU Assembly.

Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Tong Thi Phong meets President of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Gabriela Cuevas Barron, October 15, 2019 - Photo: VOV

At the meeting with IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Phong said that Viet Nam has implemented its commitments to the IPU and the United Nations regarding ensuring sustainable development and improving people’s material and spiritual lives by issuing new legislation, including the Labor Code, the Law on Youth, the Law on the Elderly, and the Law on Alcohol and Tobacco Harm Prevention.

The Vietnamese official asked the IPU President to continue supporting Viet Nam in fulfilling its commitments. On the occasion, she invited the IPU leader to visit Viet Nam and attend an international conference on nutrition and health care with a focus on ethnic groups in 2020.

For her part, IPU President Barron spoke highly of the role Viet Nam plays as an active and responsible IPU member, especially in implementing commitments and action programs set out by the union, suggesting Viet Nam share its experience with regional countries in implementing a number of sustainable development goals.

Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Tong Thi Phong meets Vice President of the Cuban National Assembly Ana Maria Mari Machado on October 15 on the sidelines of the 141st IPU Assembly - Photo: VOV

At the meeting with Vice President of the Cuban National Assembly Ana Maria Mari Machado, both sides have agreed to strengthen cooperation and experience sharing, which is also the orientations for collaboration between the two NAs.

Phong showed her pleasure at the progress in the legislative bodies’ partnership, especially in sharing experience and setting up friendship parliamentarian groups.

She proposed that the two sides increase delegation exchange to share experience in legislative and supervision activities as well as the strengthening of the NA’s role in the political system, parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation at multilateral international parliamentary forums.

Phong thanked Cuba for supporting Viet Nam to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure. Recognizing difficulties and challenges facing Cuba currently, she affirmed that Viet Nam supports Cuba’s just stance in fighting for embargo lifting.

For her part, Ana Maria Mari Machado said that Cuba hopes to learn from the Vietnamese NA’s experience in law building and supervision.

She proposed that the two sides work closely to hold a conference between Vietnamese and Cuban NA leaders in 2020. She also expressed hope that Viet Nam will continue supporting Cuba’s standpoint in removing embargoes.

By Hoang Ha

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