|Party General Secretary and President Choummaly Sayasone receives VietnameseVice President Nguyen Thi Doan in Vientiane yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
VIENTIANE (VNS) — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and her Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith reached a number of commitments to boost bilateral ties during their talks in Vientiane yesterday.
The talks took place following a ceremony welcoming the Vietnamese guest to the country from October 15 to 18.
To foster the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between Viet Nam and Laos, both sides pledged to facilitate visits by senior leaders and realise signed agreements and key co-operation mechanisms, including making thorough preparations for the 38th meeting of the Viet Nam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee and annual ministerial-level exchanges in late 2015.
They also reached consensus on joint preparations for major national celebrations in the remaining months of this year, including the 40th anniversary of Lao National Day and the 95th anniversary of the birth of Lao President Kaysone Phomvihane.
A protocol on Viet Nam-Laos border demarcation and an agreement on border gate management are expected to be signed before the year's end.
Vietnamese and Laotian leaders pledged to strengthen co-operation in national defence-security, including fighting trans-national crimes, ensuring security and development in border areas, and addressing free migration and illegitimate marriages.
|Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan and her Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith reached a number of commitments to boost bilateral ties during their talks in Vientiane yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
On trade promotion, they set their sights on realising a new trade agreement and a border trade agreement, devising a comprehensive master plan on Viet Nam-Laos border trade until 2025 and boosting transport and energy connectivity with a focus on having a strategy on transport co-operation for 2016-25 with a vision towards 2030.
Other collaboration areas include clearing business obstacles, training human resources, increasing exchanges and within culture, sports, communications and science and technology.
The two countries will work closely at regional and global forums, build the ASEAN Community in late 2015 and maintain ASEAN's central role and common voice on strategic issues of significance in the region, including the East Sea issue.
Vice President Doan reiterated Viet Nam's support to Laos in successfully undertaking its role as Chair of ASEAN in 2016.
Host and guest also mentioned the Mekong river and regional co-ordination.
On the same day, the Vietnamese guest paid courtesy calls to Party General Secretary and President Choummaly Sayasone and Prime Minister Thongsin Thammavong.
The hosts stressed that Lao advocates further nurturing the comprehensive co-operation between the two Parties and governments in anticipation of the upcoming National Party Congress in each country in early 2016. — VNS