Lao, Hungarian Foreign Ministers enhance cooperation

Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith held a bilateral meeting with visiting Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in Vientiane on Sep 11.

Both sides highly valued the cooperation between the two countries under bilateral and multilateral frameworks noting that the past years have witnessed gradually growing cooperation between the two nations.

Laos and Hungary upgraded cooperation to strategic partnership in 2019.

The two ministers highly valued the fruitful cooperation as Hungary has provided no-interest loan to Laos to support the latter’s socio-economic development especially in fields of agriculture, water resource management, civic management upgrading, and ID card issuance modernization.

They also discussed ways to strengthen cooperation on foreign affairs, education, finance and health, and regional issues of common interest.

On this occasion, Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith expressed on behalf of the government and people of the Lao PDR gratitude to the Hungarian government for its generous assistance to the Lao PDR to support the implementation of its national socio-economic development plan, as well as its post flood recovery efforts in 2019 and fight against Covid-19.

Two documents were signed after the bilateral meeting for cooperation on education and statistics.

The visiting Hungarian minister also paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmany Pholsena, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Kikeo Chanthaboury and other senior officials of Laos to discuss ways to strengthen the cooperation in various areas between Laos and Hungary.

He also participated in a launching ceremony for a veterinary vaccine research and production centre in Nongteng, Sikhottabong district, Vientiane which is funded with a no-interest loan from the Hungarian government, and a handover ceremony for ventilators donated by the Hungarian government to the Lao government to contribute to Covid-19 prevention and control efforts in the country.

Yesterday also witnessed the opening of a representative office of the Hungarian embassy, based in Bangkok, Thailand, in Vientiane.

The opening reflects that relations and cooperation between the Lao PDR and Hungary have been raised to new heights thus promoting traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.



Source: Lao News Agency


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