Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham
Minh Chinh and Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun
Sisoulith reached consensus on cooperation orientations between the two
countries in the time ahead during their meeting in Hanoi on June 28.
Accordingly, the two sides will continue their close
coordination to effectively realise high-level agreements, outcomes of meetings
of the Vietnam-Laos inter-governmental committee as well as cooperation
programmes between ministries, agencies and localities.
They will also further provide mutual support in
COVID-19 containment and socio-economic recovery and development, while
coordinating in implementing major joint projects.
The leaders consented to soon build the Laos - Vietnam friendship
park in the Lao capital city of Vientiane, and work together to mark the 60th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, and 45 years of the signing of
the Vietnam - Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 2022.
Thongloun lauded Vietnam’s efforts and
achievements in COVID-19 containment and socio-economic development, saying
Vietnam was among a few countries in the world that have recorded
positive growth last year.
Both leaders rejoiced at the development of the great
friendship and special solidarity between the two countries. Two-way trade
in the first five months of this year reached 570.7 million USD, up nearly 40
percent year-on-year. Vietnam has 208 valid projects valued at 5.16 billion
USD in the neighbouring country.
They also looked at cooperation between the two countries
within multilateral frameworks, especially ASEAN and sub-regional mechanisms.
The leaders shared views on a number of regional and
international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue and the
sustainable and effective use of the Mekong River’s water sources.
They concurred to continue their close coordination
and mutual support, for peace, stability and development in the region and the
Later the same day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu
Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and their spouses hosted a banquet in honour of Lao
Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith, his wife and the Lao delegation.
Addressing the banquet, Trong affirmed that Thongloun’s first Vietnam visit in his capacity as Party General Secretary and
State President of Laos is an important political event, marking a milestone in
the bilateral ties.
The Vietnamese Party, State and people will make every
effort together with their Lao counterparts to preserve and promote the special
ties in all spheres, for prosperity and happiness of the people of both nations,
and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the
world at large.
Echoing Trong’s view, Thongloun said the
great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people of Laos and Vietnam will be
protected, stressing the responsibility of generations of
leaders to educate and pass on the tradition to younger generations./.