Foreign Affairs

Lao, Vietnamese leaders agree on cooperation orientations

Party Secretary General and State President Thongloun Sisoulith and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reached consensus on cooperation orientations between the two countries in the time ahead during their meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on Jun 28.

Accordingly, the two sides will continue their close coordination to effectively realise high-level agreements, outcomes of meetings of the Laos-Vietnam inter-governmental committee as well as cooperation programmes between ministries, agencies and localities.

They will also further provide mutual support in COVID-19 containment and socio-economic recovery and development, while coordinating in implementing major joint projects.

The leaders consented to soon build the Laos – Vietnam friendship park in Vientiane, and work together to mark the 60th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, and 45 years of the signing of the Laos – Vietnam Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 2022.

Thongloun lauded Vietnam’s efforts and achievements in COVID-19 containment and socio-economic development, saying Vietnam was among a few countries in the world that have recorded positive growth last year.

Both leaders rejoiced at the development of the great friendship and special solidarity between the two countries. Two-way trade in the first five months of this year reached 570.7 million USD, up nearly 40 per cent year-on-year. Vietnam has 208 valid projects valued at 5.16 billion USD in the neighbouring country.

They also looked at cooperation between the two countries within multilateral frameworks, especially ASEAN and sub-regional mechanisms.

The leaders shared views on a number of regional and international issues of shared concern, including the sustainable and effective use of the Mekong River’s water sources.

They concurred to continue their close coordination and mutual support, for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Later the same day, Vietnamese Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and their spouses hosted a banquet in honour of the Lao Party Secretary General and State President Thongloun Sisoulith, his wife and the Lao delegation.

Addressing the banquet, Trong affirmed that Thongloun’s first Vietnam visit in his capacity as Party Secretary General and State President of Laos is an important political event, marking a milestone in the bilateral ties.

The Vietnamese Party, State and people will make every effort together with their Lao counterparts to preserve and promote the special ties in all spheres, for prosperity and happiness of the people of both nations, and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.

Echoing Trong’s view, Thongloun said the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people of Laos and Vietnam will be protected, stressing the responsibility of generations of leaders to educate and pass on the tradition to younger generations.

Source: Lao News Agency