Speaker of the Thai House of Representatives Chuan Leekpai, President of the Storting of Norway Tone Wilhelmsen Troen, and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Morocco Habib El Malki thanked the Vietnamese legislature for its efforts to assist parliaments in attending the historic event.
President Troen said the Vietnamese legislature leader’s close directions and professional preparations of the Vietnamese lawmakers contributed to the success of the important event.
They affirmed that the theme “Parliamentary Diplomacy for Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community” of AIPA Year 2020 holds significance to the region.
The AIPA-41 provides a platform for straightforward and effective discussions among lawmakers, reflects AIPA member parliaments’ strong will to help ASEAN member governments overcome difficulties, prevent COVID-19 pandemic, and promote cooperation and development of the ASEAN Community, they said.
They strongly believed that the outcomes of the AIPA-41 will contribute to further strengthening existing ties among AIPA member parliaments as well as ties between AIPA member parliaments and ASEAN.
Leekpai held that such connectivity will contribute to lifting ASEAN Community to a greater height.
On the occasion, the Norwegian and Moroccan parliament leaders thanked the Vietnamese NA for admitting House of Representatives of Morocco and Storting of Norway as AIPA’s observers.
They expressed their belief that the new position will create a driving force for collaboration between parliaments and AIPA members.