PHNOM PENH, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Members of Parliaments (MPs) of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) gathered here on Tuesday to promote ties and draft internal regulations to strengthen APA Secretariat.
Leng Penglong, Secretary General of the National Assembly of Cambodia, said the two-day meeting is participated by 29 MPs from Bahrain, Bhutan, Cambodia, Iran, Jordan, Laos, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
"The gathering aims to broaden friendly relations among MPs and to draft APA Secretariat's staff and financial regulations," he said.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Amir Zamani Nia, APA Assistant Secretary General, said the participation of many Asian MPs in the meeting of Ad-Hoc Committee on Staff and Financial Regulations was a clear testament to the rising influence of APA.
"APA needs to further take advantage of the great potentials it has been granted by Asian peoples," he said.
Nguon Nhel, first Vice-President of the National Assembly of Cambodia, said the meeting was a good opportunity for MPs to share views and experiences on common interest and concerns.
"Our common goals are the accomplishment of peace, stability, progress and prosperity for our beloved peoples in our home continent," he said.