VIENTIANE (VNS)— National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung paid a courtesy visit to General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone yesterday, as he arrived in the capital city of Vientiane for the 7th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP-7).
|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (left) meets Lao President and Lao People's Revolutionary Party General Secretary Chummaly Sayasone in Vientiane. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
Hung congratulated Laos on its hosting of ASEP-7 and the 9th Asia-Europe Summit, stressing that the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV), the Vietnamese National Assembly and people will continue to support, assist and co-operate with Laos at multilateral forums for peace, development and prosperity in the region and the world as well.
Expressing his pleasure at the intensive and effective development of bilateral ties, the NA Chairman said that in 2012, the two countries have closely co-ordinated in implementing activities celebrating the Viet Nam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year, helping educate young generations on the history, tradition and special significance of this relationship.
The two countries' legislatures co-ordinated in successfully organising a meeting for Viet Nam-Laos co-operation,solidarity and friendship in Viet Nam 's Son La province in March, he added.
The top Vietnamese legislator suggested the two sides continue increasing visits by high-ranking leaders as well as exchanges between ministries, agencies, localities and businesses.
The two countries should continue close co-operation with and support for each other at regional and international multilateral forums, he said.
Choummaly Sayasone thanked the Vietnamese NA and people for their co-operation and assistance for the Lao NA in all aspects, especially in preparing for the ASEP-7.
He said he is pleased with the two sides' joint activities to mark the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Viet Nam-Laos Friendship and Co-operation Treaty.
The Lao leader expressed his belief that under CPV leadership, the Vietnamese people will gain new successes in national construction and development, fulfilling the goal of turning Viet Nam into an industrialised country.
He said he hopes that the two NAs will continue to step up comprehensive co-operation for the benefit of each side as well as for the special and faithful friendship between the two nations.
On the same day, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung met with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong.
The Lao PM expressed his belief that the two NAs will continue close co-ordination in all aspects, particularly supervision activities, to boost co-operation programmes and projects between the two countries.
The Vietnamese NA leader suggested that two countries continue co-ordination to improve the efficiency of co-operation activities, especially in increasing two-way trade.
He affirmed that the Vietnamese NA will do its utmost to foster co-operation between the two legislative bodies as well as develop the special friendship between the two countries. — vns