Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam Agree to Establish Parliamentary Summit


Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam (CLV) signed a joint statement on Sunday establishing a CLV parliamentary summit, according to a press release issued by the Cambodian National Assembly.
The joint statement was signed n the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh by Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin, Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, and Lao National Assembly President Saysomphone Phomvihane, Xinhua reports.

“The three presidents agreed to elevate the existing mechanism of the CLV foreign affairs commissions meeting to the CLV parliamentary summit,” according to the press release.

“The summit aims to deepen further friendly relations, solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation among CLV countries.”

It will also aim to promote the exchange of information, experiences, and best practices on the functions and duties of CLV national assemblies, as well as raise financial resources to carry out programs and projects within the CLV Development Triangle Area.

“This parliamentary cooperation framework will generate more tangible benefits, based on mutual respect, mutual understanding, mutual trust and the mutual interest for peace and prosperity for the peoples of the three countries and beyond,” the press release continues.

The leaders of Lao and Vietnamese parliaments are in Cambodia for the 43rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (43rd AIPA), which will be held on Monday.

The first CLV parliamentary summit will be hosted by the Lao National Assembly in 2023.