Foreign Affairs

PMs Launch Laos – Vietnam, Vietnam – Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year

Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh held a press conference and launched the Laos – Vietnam, Vietnam – Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year in Hanoi on Jan 8.

Addressing the joint press conference following their talks, the Vietnamese premier said the two sides noted with satisfaction that the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States, and peoples have unceasingly been reinforced over the recent past.

They agreed to push ahead with effectively implementing the joint statement issued during an official visit to Vietnam by Party General Secretary and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith in June 2021, and the outcomes of an official trip to Laos by Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc two months later.

The two sides will coordinate with each other to successfully organise the 44th meeting of the Laos – Vietnam Inter-governmental Committee on Jan 10.

Both PMs agreed that their countries will assist each other to develop an independent and self-reliant economy, maintain the solidarity and unanimity in ASEAN, and support Cambodia’s chairmanship of ASEAN. They will boost connectivity in road, railway, and sea infrastructure, especially Vung Ang Port, so as to turn Laos from a landlocked country into a littoral one. Besides, the Hanoi – Vientiane Expressway project will be promoted.

At the press conference, PM Chinh said the Vietnamese Party, State, and people will present their Lao counterparts with 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Source: Lao News Agency