MINSK, 21 November (BelTA) – On 21 November Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Valery Mitskevich took part in the opening ceremony of the 43rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which is underway on 20-25 November, BelTA learned from the press service of the House of Representatives.
The National Assembly of Belarus has been participating in the AIPA General Assembly meetings on a regular basis since 2011 as an observer. This year's assembly focuses on investment in peace, sustainable development and recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Valery Mitskevich is expected to make a report at the plenary session of the assembly. The program of the visit also includes a number of bilateral meetings with the heads of parliamentary delegations of ASEAN countries to discuss ways of intensifying cooperation with Southeast Asian countries in various fields.
Earlier, on the sidelines of the event, Valery Mitskevich had a protocol meeting with President of the National Assembly of Cambodia Heng Samrin. The meeting was a continuation of the inter-parliamentary dialogue that started in June 2012 with the visit of the president of the National Assembly of Cambodia to Belarus and the return visit of the Belarusian parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Vladimir Andreichenko to Cambodia in February 2013, during which a cooperation agreement was signed between the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus and the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia.