Prime Ministers Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Phankham Viphavanh launch the Vietnam - Laos, Laos - Vietnam Solidarity and Friendship Year in Hanoi on January 8 (Photo: VNA)
– Vietnamese Prime
Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Lao counterpart Phankham Viphavanh held a
press conference and launched the Vietnam - Laos, Laos - Vietnam Solidarity and
Friendship Year in Hanoi on January 8.
Addressing the joint press conference
following their talks, PM Chinh 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
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 Vietnam - Laos Inter-governmental
Committee on January 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
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.
The Prime Ministers and officials of Vietnam and Laos at the launching ceremony of the Solidarity and Friendship Year 2022 (Photo: VNA)
For his part, the Lao leader said during
their talks, the two sides agreed to work closely together to nurture the
countries’ great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation.
In particular, they will step up cooperation in politics, diplomacy as well as defence
and security to jointly deal with new challenges, pay due attention to
cooperation in protecting internal and border security, strengthen
infrastructure and tourism connectivity, boost partnerships in energy and clean
agriculture, and uphold coordination at regional and international forums.
PM Phankham Viphavanh thanked the Vietnamese
Party, State, and people for their precious and effective assistance for Laos
during the struggle for national liberation in the past, along with the
national development and defence at present.
On this ocassion, the two PMs launched the Vietnam
- Laos, Laos - Vietnam Solidarity and Friendship Year 2022.
PM Chinh held that the year 2022 holds
special importance to both countries, describing the launch as a historic event
helping intensify their special solidarity.
His Lao counterpart said the two sides agreed
to jointly organise meaningful celebrations of their National Days in 2022 so
as to underline and popularise the special and great Vietnam - Laos friendship
to the world./.