Foreign Ministers Bui Thanh Son of Vietnam (R) and Saleumxay Kommasith of Laos meet in China’s Chongqing city on June 6 (Photo: VNA)
Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and his Lao counterpart
Saleumxay Kommasith on June 6 highlighted their countries’ mutual support in
the COVID-19 combat and identified ways to augment bilateral relations.
The bilateral meeting took
place in China’s Chongqing city, on the sidelines of the Special ASEAN - China
Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the 6th Lancang - Mekong Cooperation
Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
Son expressed his delight at
the first official meeting between the foreign ministers of Vietnam and Laos
since their respective countries’ national Party congresses and the
establishment of their new-term governments.
He spoke highly of the two
sides’ coordination to effectively carry out many major bilateral diplomatic
activities, thus maintaining frequent meetings and contact at all levels despite
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hailing bilateral cooperation
and mutual assistance in the COVID-19 fight, he thanked the Lao Party and State
leaders for extending sympathies to Vietnam on the pandemic situation in
The minister also voiced his
hope that Vietnam’s financial aid, medical supplies, and health experts sent to
Laos will help with the latter’s efforts against the pandemic.
Vietnam on the successful organisation of the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure amid
complex COVID-19 developments in many localities.
He thanked the Vietnamese
Party, State, and people for their precious material and spiritual support for
Laos in the pandemic combat, affirming that his country is always ready to
stand side by side with Vietnam in line with the spirit of the countries’ great
friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation.
To continue intensifying
bilateral relations, the two foreign ministers agreed to jointly promote mutual
visits and contact at all levels in various forms; make the best use of bilateral
cooperation mechanisms, especially meetings of the Inter-Governmental
Committee; and unceasingly improve the effectiveness of cooperation in defence,
security, trade, and investment.
They also discussed
coordination to step up important joint programmes, especially transport
connectivity projects so as to optimise the Vietnam - Laos International
Seaport (Vung Ang Seaport).
Both agreed to enhance ties
in border management to prevent illegal exit from and entry into their
countries, sustain cross-border trading, and soon review the one-stop-shop
model applied at the Lao Bao - Densavan border gate pair.
Vietnam and Laos also
concurred in increasing coordination and mutual support at international,
regional, and sub-regional forums and joining hands with other member countries
to firmly maintain ASEAN’s solidarity and strengthen the bloc’s centrality in
order to effective respond to common challenges.
Regarding their ministries’
cooperation, the two foreign ministers pledged to continue implementing the
cooperation agreement for 2021 - 2025, including organising political
consultations at the ministerial and deputy ministerial levels, boosting
information sharing and strategic research, and holding more exchanges between
the ministries’ key units.
They emphasised the
importance of economic diplomacy, agreeing to increase experience sharing and
effectively carry out the action plan for cooperation in this field for 2020 -
The two countries will early
start preparations for celebrations of the 60th anniversary of
bilateral diplomatic ties and 45 years since the signing of the Vietnam – Laos
Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation next year, according to the officials./.