Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong receives Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in December 2020. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
The upcoming visit to Vietnam
by General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central
Committee and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith is expected to contribute
to deepening close and trusting relations between leaders of the two Parties
and countries in the time ahead.
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
This is the first overseas trip by Thongloun
Sisoulith in his capacity as Lao Party General Secretary and President for the
2021-2026 tenure, helping to affirm the two countries’ foreign policies of
attaching great importance to preserving and continuously developing the great
friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation.
The relationship has been consolidated and developed
intensively, extensively, practically and effectively in different spheres,
with political ties playing the core role.
The two sides have coordinated to organise visits,
meetings and exchange programmes between leaders of the two Parties and
countries, while signing many important cooperative agreements between the two
Parties and governments.
Party commissions, ministries, agencies and
localities of Vietnam and Laos have also signed and actively implemented
cooperative agreements and programmes, exchanged visits and shared experience.
Joint efforts have been made to raise public
awareness of the bilateral ties, especially among young people, organise major
events, and build and upgrade historical relic sites featuring the relations.
Despite the complex development of the COVID-19
pandemic in 2020 and early 2021, the two countries maintained a number of
visits and meetings in suitable forms.
Cooperation in national defence and security, and
external affairs has also been seen as an important pillar of the bilateral
The two sides have worked together to realise
protocols and annual cooperative plans between the ministries of national
defence and public security, build a common border of stability and sustainable
development, complete a project to increase and upgrade border markers, and reach
a protocol on Vietnam – Laos borderline and border markers and an agreement on
land border and border gates management regulations between the Vietnamese and
Competent forces of the two countries have
coordinated in the fight against cross-border crime, especially drug smuggling,
the search and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteers and experts who
laid down their lives in the neighbouring country, and the COVID-19 combat.
At the same time, the two countries have closely and
effectively coordinated at multilateral forums.
The political ties have created a firm foundation
for the bilateral economic cooperation. Vietnam has invested 4.22 billion USD in
413 projects in Laos so far, up about 30 percent from 2010, with about 2.2
billion USD disbursed.
During the 2016-2020 period, two-way trade revenue
stood at around 4.8 billion USD.
Attention has also been paid to cooperation in
personnel training in transport and construction, energy industry; education
and training; and people-to-people diplomacy.
The Vietnam visit by the top leader of Laos will
offer an opportunity for the two sides to further exchange experience in
development, and seek measures to push ahead with the implementation of
high-level agreements between the two Parties and countries in 2021 and the
years to come./.