National Assembly president Heng Samrin in a meeting on Monday highlighted the importance of a unified stance within the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly to foster sustainable development in the region.
Mr Samrin raised the issue while speaking at the plenary session of the 40th General Assembly of AIPA in Bangkok, noting that a unified stance was important to promote business and investment in the region.
“AIPA has to focus on maintaining a unified stance in multilateral cooperation based on the principles of international laws, respect, mutual understanding, non-interference, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country,” he said.
The meetings, which will run until Friday, are held under the theme of “Advancing Parliamentary Partnership for Sustainability Community Development”.
Mr Samrin said parliamentary diplomacy and partnership are crucial to foster regional and global development.
He requested that AIPA pays attention on improving social protection systems for labour forces in Asean member countries to ensure that all migrant workers and their families are protected by the law and are provided non-discriminatory public services.
Formed in 1977, AIPA is the centre of communication and information among member parliaments of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
On the sidelines of the AIPA meeting, Mr Samrin yesterday met with vice president of the Lao National Assembly Bounpone Bouttanavong. Both parties committed to continue to cooperate and exchange visits between the two legislative bodies.
Mr Bouttanavong expressed his thanks to Mr Samrin, who has been supporting the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding between both national assemblies that was signed in January.
“Laos has thoroughly committed to implementing the Memorandum of Understanding between Cambodia and Laos that has been signed,” Mr Bouttanavong said, adding that he has also asked Mr Samrin to expand cooperation on education, health and economy.
Mr Samrin praised the fruitful results of the cooperation between both national assemblies.
“At present, the national assemblies of Cambodia and Laos have not just demonstrated a friendship of neighbouring countries, but has also clearly shown solidarity as family members of AIPA,” Mr Samrin said.