HA NOI (VNS)— Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Lao counterpart Choummaly Sayasone have discussed measures to co-ordinate their nations' development strategies, improve bilateral co-operation and realise the nations' high-level agreements.
|Nguyen Phu Trong (right) welcomes his Lao counterpart Choummaly Sayasone in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
Trong and Lao People's Revolutionary Party General Secretary Sayasone met in Ha Noi yesterday during Sayasone's three-day official friendship visit to Viet Nam.
They remarked that the two sides should realise their 2011-2015 co-operation agreement and their agreement on economic, cultural, educational, scientific and technological co-operation next year.
Trong and Sayasone agreed the nations needed to implement the Vietnam-Laos strategic co-operation project in Laos's Huaphan and Xiengkhoang provinces as well as speed up investment co-operation projects in Laos.
They should also co-ordinate in reviewing and assessing the efficiency of their investment co-operation projects, especially in mining and electricity.
And they stressed the need to have special mechanisms and policies to attract investment from businesses in the Development Triangle and strengthen close co-ordination between the two countries as well as with other parties in the framework of the Greater Mekong Subregion, especially in the effective management and use of Mekong River water, the east-west corridor and other multilateral co-operation programmes and projects.
Trong and Sayasone said the two sides should co-ordinate in educating people, particularly younger generations, on the special relationship between Vi?t Nam and Laos.
The need to strengthen co-operation in education training and human resources development was also stressed, given that it had helped create a foundation for the consolidation of the special and sustainable relationship between the two nations.
Trong accepted Sayasone's invitation to visit Laos.
Earlier, the Lao leader and his entourage laid a wreath at the Monument to Heroes and Martyrs and paid tribute to former President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum.
Strong co-operation commitment reaffirmed
On the same day, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang also met with Sayasone and his delegation in Ha Noi.
Sang said Sayasone's visit was an important political event in Laos-Vietnam Friendship Year, which brought to the Vietnamese people the brotherhood, comradeship and special, loyal and pure solidarity from the Lao Party and State.
He expressed his belief the visit would be a success and contribute to the special solidarity between the two parties, states and peoples, making it develop deeply, extensively and effectively in the interests of both peoples and for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world.
Meanwhile, during his meeting with Saysone, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung praised the success of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Year.
Dung said Viet Nam viewed strengthening the friendship with Laos as a priority.
Dung said he believed Laos would continue to make greater achievements in socio-economic development process under the leadership of Sayasone and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.
On the same day, Nguyen Sinh Hung, chairman of the National Assembly, met with Coukeo Akhamunty, chairman of the Lao National Assembly's Committee on Foreign Relations. — VNS