HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday lauded the efforts and contributions from both Viet Nam and Laos to build a stable and developed common border.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets Lao Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly in Ha Noi yesterday. —VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Dung was speaking at a reception for a high-level delegation from Laos headed by Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly, who is on a working visit to Viet Nam.
Dung also congratulated Laos for its successful organisation of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) 9 and its official membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
He showed his pleasure for the developing special relationship between Viet Nam and Laos, especially in 2012, the year of Viet Nam – Laos Friendship and Solidarity. Various practical activities organised to mark the occasion have contributed to the strengthening of the special ties, he stressed.
He declared that the Party, State, Government and people of Viet Nam will always stand side-by-side with the Party, State, Government and people of Laos to conserve, protect and cultivate a special relationship that was built by the shared struggles and bloodshed of the two peoples.
In return, Laoly briefed Dung on Laos' current situation and the results of a meeting between representatives from the two nations, where measures for building a stable and developed border between the two countries were discussed along with the results of co-operation between the Lao side and Viet Nam's Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region.
The Party, State and Government of Laos appreciate the efforts to build and develop the border region, Laoly said, adding that Laos will continue to co-ordinate with the Vietnamese side to overcome shortcomings and accomplish their joint border region targets.
At the meeting, co-hosted by Laoly and his Vietnamese counterpart Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc - who is the head of the Steering Committee -
participants spoke highly of the co-operation to implement projects in the border region between the two sides.
They also pointed out shortcomings and discussed ways to comprehensively develop these projects further in the future. — VNS