Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (Photo: VNA)
– Foreign ministers of Laos,
Cambodia and Indonesia have extended congratulations to Bui Thanh Son on his appointment
as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In a phone talk with his Vietnamese counterpart on
April 9, Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith said he believes
that Son will lead his ministry in efforts to reap more successes in foreign
Saleumxay Kommasith is the first foreign minister to
make a congratulatory phone call to the Vietnamese newly-appointed minister.
Son, for his part, affirmed that Vietnam always
attaches importance and gives the highest priority to the great friendship,
special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
He pledged to closely cooperate with his Lao
counterpart to contribute to strengthening relations between the two countries
and ministries in particular.
The FMs consented to further effectively
implement high-level agreements as well as the outcomes of the 43rd meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee, including
coordination in pandemic combat and economic recovery.
They will also work to realise the cooperation
agreement reached by the two foreign ministries and the action programme on cooperation
in economic diplomacy, bring into full play annual consultation mechanisms
between leaders and units of the two ministries, and support each other at
multilateral forums, especially within the framework of the United Nations,
ASEAN and Mekong Sub-region cooperation.
The same day, Son received a congratulatory phone
call from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation of Cambodia Prak Sokhonn.
Prak Sokhonn expressed his belief that under the
leadership of Son, the Vietnamese foreign ministry will gain more fruits in the
Son said Vietnam treasures the fine neighbourliness,
traditional friendship, and comprehensive, sustainable, long-term cooperation
The ministers agreed to maintain the close coordination
in implementing commitments and high-level agreements, along with results of
the 18th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on
Economic, Cultural, and Scientific-Technological Cooperation.
They will also optimise consultation mechanisms and
raise the efficiency of borderline management.
They promised to further coordinate at regional and
Also on April 9, Son held talks with his Indonesian
counterpart Retno L.P. Marsudi who congratulated Son on his appointment as Foreign Minister and lauded Vietnam’s performance in pandemic
combat and socio-economic development.
Indonesia places importance to preserving and
developing its strategic partnership with Vietnam, she said.
In reply, Son stressed the significance of the
strategic partnership and spoke highly of cooperation efficiency over the past
time, given difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two sides concurred to enhance trade ties, contributing
to post-pandemic economic recovery, assist each other in accessing safe,
effective COVID-19 vaccines, and intensify cooperation and coordination within
ASEAN and multilateral mechanisms, for regional peace, stability and