NA Chairwoman arrives in Russia for IPU-137

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Source: VNA) 
Saint Petersburg (VNA) – A Vietnamese National
Assembly delegation led by Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan arrived in Saint
Petersburg, Russia on October 14 to attend the 137th Assembly of the
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-137) and related meetings. 

Vietnam’s attendance at the event affirms its active and
proactive participation in multilateral parliamentary diplomatic activities,
continues to uphold Vietnamese legislature’s role and position at the IPU,
contributing to promoting common State diplomatic efforts for national and
regional interests.

The event will afford Vietnam a chance to learn about
operating experience of parliaments worldwide and improve operations of
Vietnamese law-making body.

In April 1979, Vietnam became a member of the IPU. Since
then, the country has been an active member of the forum, which has been
acknowledged by other countries. Through the IPU forum, relations between the
Vietnamese National Assembly and other parliaments have been established and

In October 2007 at the 117th IPU Assembly in Geneva,
Switzerland, Vietnam’s NA was elected to the IPU Executive Committee – the
forum’s highest body – for the first time.

Vietnam was designated as IPU Vice President in 2009. In
this role, Vietnam made effective contributions to the IPU’s activities,
optimising international support for Vietnam and its legislature.

Notably, in April 2015, Vietnam hosted the 132nd IPU
Assembly with the Hanoi Declaration adopted, contributing to devising the 2030
Agenda on Sustainable Development.

In October 2016 at the 135th IPU Assembly in Switzerland,
Chairman of the NA Committee for External Affairs Nguyen Van Giau was elected
to the IPU Executive Committee for 2016-2019.-VNA

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