With the desire to give further impetus to
the Asia - Europe parliamentary partnership (ASEP) by steadily building ASEP into
a regular meeting within the overall Asia - Europe framework, the National Assembly
of Vietnam, at the 24th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Organization
(AIPO), September 2003 in Indonesia, announced its initiative to host the Third
Asia - Europe Parliamentary Partership Meeting. This forum will focalize the views
of parliamentarians from the two continents on issues of mutual concern to be
transmitted to the Fifth ASEM Summit before it is held in Hanoi, October 2004.
The Initiative of Vietnam received unanimous endorsement from AIPO member countries
and support from the representatives of the European Parliament (EP) at the General
In this spirit, on behalf of the National Assembly
of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, I am very honoured to extend an invitation
to Your Excellency to lead a parliamentary delegation to participate in the Third
ASEP Meeting which is to be held in the city of Hue, Vietnam from 25 - 27 March
This Meeting will highlight the views of parliamentarians
towards "further revitalizing and substantiating the Asia - Europe Partnership"
in consonance with the Fifth ASEM Summit's spirit. At the same time, the Third
ASEP Meeting provides a forum for dialogues between Asia's and Europe's parliamentarians
on the three main pillars of the Asia - Europe partnership, namely, economic and
cultural cooperation as well as political and security issues in the context of
recent regional and international developments. In this regard, the three main
topics for this Meeting are as follows: "Asia - Europe partnership for a
farier and more equal global trade"; "Cultural identity and diversity
in the context of the Asia - Europe partnership" and "Current international
security situation and challenges to international law".
We are looking forward to the high-level participation in the Third ASEP Meeting
of ASEM member parliaments, of the European Parliament, and other related regional
organizations. For its part, the National Assembly of Vietnam will do its utmost
to ensure the success of the Meeting in continuation of the fruitful outcome of
the Second ASEP Meeting held in the Philippines in 2002.
is my firm belief that the Third ASEP Meeting will provide a great opportunity
for parliamentarians of our two continents to actively engage in the shaping and
implementation of ASEM's initiatives. The attendence and active participation
of Your Excellency and your Delegation will undoubtedly make an important contribution
to the success of the Meeting, and thus to the promotion of better mutual understanding
for our shared interests in peace and cooperation for development.
We are looking forward to welcoming Your Excellency and your delegation in Vietnam.
Please, accept, Excellency, my best wishes and the assurances of my highest consideration.
President of the National Assembly
Socialist Republic of Vietnam