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PM welcomes Lao Vice President

Update: July, 08/2015 - 08:51

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the current visit by Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith will give new momentum to the time-honoured friendship, special solidarity and all-faceted co-operation between the two nations.

Receiving the Lao State official in HaNoi yesterday, Dung hailed comprehensive outcomes in many areas of bilateral co-operation, such as politics, diplomacy, trade, investment, culture, education and defence. He also commended collaboration at regional and international forums.

Dung reiterated that Viet Nam is resolved to to reinforce their partnership in a result-oriented manner. He asked the sides to co-ordinate to implement agreements reached by their leaders, adding that Viet Nam would do its utmost to assist Laos in performing its role of ASEAN Chair in 2016.

The Lao Vice President briefed the host on outcomes of talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Thi Doan and said he appreciated Viet Nam's valuable support given to his country during national development, and at regional and international forums.

He emphasised that Laos attached special importance to its relations with Viet Nam and would join Viet Nam in consolidating their friendship.

He said he wanted the two countries to continue promoting their all-round collaboration, especially in trade and investment, pledging optimum conditions for Vietnamese businesses' long-term operations in Laos.

The visiting leader also called for Viet Nam's continued help in his country's development.

Working together

Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan had talks with her visiting Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vora-chith in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat

Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan had talks with her visiting Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vora-chith in Ha Noi yesterday, during which both sides expressed delight at the growing ties between the two countries in all fields.

The two sides agreed to continue increasing visits by senior leaders, coordinating in realising agreements reached during the 37th meeting of the Viet Nam-Laos Joint Committee, and preparing for the 38th meeting of the committee, slated for later this year in Laos.

The leaders concurred that the two countries will also work together in organising big anniversaries of both countries, including the 70th National Day of Viet Nam, the 40th National Day of Laos and the 95th birth anniversary of late Lao President Kayson Phomvihane.

They agreed to effectively implement agreements between the two Foreign Ministries, including the organisation of the annual ministerial consultation meeting in late 2015.

Viet Nam and Laos will work for the early signing of a protocol on borderline and border marker as well as a treaty on the regulations for border and border gate management before the end of 2015, they said.

The two leaders pledged to push the effective implementation of the new Viet Nam-Laos trade agreement and the bilateral border trade agreement, while speeding up energy and transport connectivity projects.

Viet Nam will step up investment projects in Laos and coordinate with the Lao side in reviewing the projects for timely settlement of investors' difficulties. Both countries will also continue with the project to enhance bilateral cooperation in education and human resources development for the 2011-20 period.

During the talks, the two Vice Presidents also discussed regional and international issues of shared concern.

They concurred to foster coordination at regional and international forums, while working with other ASEAN countries for the successful formation of the ASEAN Community later this year, as well as the maintenance of the bloc's central role in strategic matters of the region.

The two sides stressed the importance of maintaining peace, stability and maritime and aviation safety and security in the East Sea in line with international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as well as the strict implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the soon formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan pledged that Viet Nam would support Laos in performing the role of the ASEAN Chair in 2016.

On the occasion, Bounnhang Vorachith invited Vice President Doan to visit Laos within this year and received her acceptance.

After the talks, Vice President Doan hosted a banquet for her counterpart and the Lao delegation.

The Lao Vice President is on an official visit at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart from July 6-8. — VNS

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