Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng (L) and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at their meeting in Vientiane yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng
VIENTIANE — The Governments of Việt Nam and Laos should help foster bilateral ties, especially in the context of complex regional and global developments.
The remarks were made by Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at their meeting in Vientiane yesterday.
The Party chief hailed the two governments for promptly directing ministries, agencies and localities to realise outcomes of the high-level agreement 2016 and an agreement on co-operation scheme at the 38th meeting of the Việt Nam-Laos Committee on Bilateral Co-operation.
He asked Laos to continue providing all possible support for Vietnamese investors in the host country and suggested the two countries enhance co-operation in Party building.
Sisoulith, for his part, vowed to instruct ministries, agencies and localities to effectively implement signed agreements in the fields of economy, education, culture and science-technology; fine-tune policies and mechanisms; ensure the progress and quality of Việt Nam’s projects in Laos; and remove barriers to two-way trade.
Host and guest noted that the two nations need to work closely together to boost the effective and extensive development of the Việt Nam-Laos special relationship.
The two leaders agreed to further intensify national defence-security collaboration to maintain political stability, security, social safety and order; jointly work on preparations for the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Việt Nam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Co-operation next year.
At a meeting yesterday with Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou, Party General Secretary Trọng said Việt Nam treasures the special solidarity with Laos and strongly supports Laos’ national construction and development and spoke highly of the two legislatures’ important role and their co-operation.
He suggested the two legislatures and their committees further enhance the sharing of information and experience in legislation, supervision and decision making.
Yathotou, for her part, thanked the Party, State and people of Việt Nam for building the Lao National Assembly house in Vientiane as gift.
At a meeting with the President of the Lao Front for National Construction, Saysomphone Phomvihane, Trọng said he was pleased with the ties between the Việt Nam Fatherland Front and the Lao Front for National Construction.
He said the fronts hold an extreme important position in each country’s political system and a major role in uniting people and rallying their strength for national liberation and nation-building causes.
For his part, Saysomphone Phomvihane congratulated the Vietnamese people on their socio-economic achievements under the leadership of the Communist Party of Việt Nam and thanked the Party, State and people for always providing valuable support to the Lao people.
He underlined the need for educating and popularising history of the special Việt Nam-Laos relations and remaining vigilant to plots meant to divide the two countries.
Later on the day, Party General Secretary Trọng received Vilayvong Butdakham, President of the Laos-Việt Nam Friendship Association.
He expressed hope that the association will adopt more initiatives and helpful activities to increase the friendship and solidarity between the two peoples. — VNS