– The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) parliaments have expressed their collective political commitment to building a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient ASEAN community, Cambodian National Assembly Speaker Samdech Heng Samrin said Thursday. .
The pledge was made during the 43rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (43rd AIPA) in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Samrin, president of the 43rd AIPA General Assembly, said that during the five-day meeting, the ASEAN parliamentary heads had demonstrated a spirit of unity and solidarity.
“ASEAN’s unity and centrality have been enhanced,” he said, adding that “we have come together to share ideas, find solutions and policy proposals, and express our collective political commitment to build a more inclusive ASEAN community, sustainable and resilient”. “
Samrin said the 43rd AIPA General Assembly demonstrated that the principles of consultation and consensus-based decision-making remain fundamental to ASEAN’s unity and centrality.
“We have also noted that the four principles of mutual respect, mutual understanding, mutual trust and mutual concern for peace and prosperity are vital for regional integration and community building,” he said.
Speaking about the results of the 43rd AIPA General Assembly, Samrin said that the meeting had achieved significant results in terms of the quality of discussions, the number of resolutions adopted and personal friendships.
“We are proud of these tremendous results and these could not have been achieved without the active participation and valuable contributions of all delegates,” he said.
Samrin said that AIPA, the legislative body representing the will and interests of more than 650 million people in ASEAN, plays a key role in realizing a truly people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN.
“I strongly hope that the results we have achieved at the 43rd AIPA General Assembly will be translated into concrete action,” he said. “We do our best to serve the interests of our people.”
At the end of the meeting, Samrin handed over the AIPA presidency to the Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Puan Maharani, who will preside over the 44th AIPA General Assembly in 2023.