(VOV) - A Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) delegation led by Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong attended the 20th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) meeting which opened in Tokyo on January 9.
The event attracted members of parliament from 27 APPF member and observing countries.
In her speech, NA Chairwoman Phong called for a stronger coordination between the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) and other mechanisms in the region, in order to develop regional potential saying that APPF needs to adjust its structure to follow a closer and more practical trend of closer coordination with other regional mechanisms.
She said Asia-Pacific needs to increase dialogue and cooperation on peaceful settlements of regional disputes, including the East Sea issues on the basis of international law and existing cooperative mechanisms, especially the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
Mrs Phong affirmed Vietnam’s external policy of being active in international integration and acting as a friend, reliable partner and highly responsible member state of the international community, proven by Vietnamese National Assembly’s active and responsible participation at regional and international parliamentary forums on political, security, economic, social and cultural areas.
At a meeting with Deputy Chairman of Japanese House of Representatives Seishiro Eto on the same day, Vietnamese parliamentarian Phong expressed thanks to Japan for its official development assistance (ODA) to help Vietnam develop infrastructure and affirmed that Vietnam will continue implementing the nuclear power project with assistance from Japan.
For his part, Mr Eto expressed his wish to further develop the Japan-Vietnam strategic partnership and that Vietnam will become a more significant partner of Japan in Asia.
He thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their assistance to Japan to overcome the aftermath of the natural disasters in Japan last year as well as creating favorable conditions for Japan to engage in important projects to exploit rare earth minerals and build a nuclear power plant.