Lao Deputy Prime Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and
State President Thongloun Sisoulith’s selection of Vietnam for his first
overseas trip after taking office demonstrates the importance that Laos attaches to the great friendship, special solidary and comprehensive
cooperation between the two countries.
The statement was made by Lao Deputy Prime Minister
Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune in an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency
Thongloun Sisoulith, his wife and a high-ranking
delegation of the Lao Party and State will pay an official visit to Vietnam
from June 28-29, at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party
of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and President Nguyen Xuan
Phuc and their spouses.
This is the first overseas trip by Thongloun Sisoulith
in his capacity as Lao Party General Secretary and President for the 2021-2026
During his visit, Thongloun Sisoulith will meet with
Vietnamese high-ranking leaders, and hold a dialogue at the Ho Chi Minh
National Academy of Politics (HCMA) to reaffirm the great friendship, special
solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, according to the Lao Deputy PM.
Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, who is also head of the
National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, highlighted
the mutual support of Vietnam and Laos in the pandemic combat.
Since the pandemic broke out, Vietnamese and Lao
leaders have exchanged information and shown the closest and most timely
cooperation in this regard, he added.
The Deputy PM appreciated Vietnam’s medical supplies
and dispatch of health experts, who stood side by side with their Lao
colleagues in the fight, saying Vietnam’s selfless support was in the spirit of
Vietnam was also the first country to launch a special
flight carrying medical supplies and experts to Laos when the second wave of
the pandemic hit the country, he continued.
Apart from the mutual support of the two States,
Vietnamese and Lao ministries, agencies, all-level authorities and localities
have also assisted each other in COVID-19 prevention and control, he added.
Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune thanked the timely, valuable
and effective assistance of the Vietnamese Party, State and people to Laos, pledging
that Laos will make the best use of Vietnam’s financial aid and medical