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Public Security minister visits Laos to discuss co-operation

Update: April, 07/2005 - 00:00

Public Security minister visits Laos to discuss co-operation

(07-04-2005)

VIENTIANE — A high-ranking delegation from Viet Nam’s Ministry of Public Security is currently paying an official visit to Laos to review their bilateral relationship and discuss further opportunities for co-operation between the two countries.

The delegation, led by Minister of Public Security Gen Le Hong Anh, met with Lao President Khamtay Siphandone, Prime Minister Bounnyang Vorachit, as well as their counterparts in the Lao Ministry of Public Security.

In their talks, officials of the two Public Security ministries updated each other on socio-economic achievements and the maintenance of political stability and security in each country. They discussed further co-operation, as well as domestic and international issues of mutual concern.

Minister Le Hong Anh and Lao Security Minister Thongbanh Sengaphone signed a co-operation plan for the two ministries for 2005.

Anh briefed President Khamtay and Prime Minister Bounnyang on the results of the meeting and expressed admiration for the achievements of the Lao Government and people in the development of their nation.

Lao President Khamtay Siphandone expressed happiness at the co-operative achievements made by the two nations. The achievements have helped defeat destructive conspiracies by hostile forces, protected the two parties, and have ensured social stability for the people of both countries.

The Lao President said he believed that co-operation between Viet Nam and Laos could be furthered developed and strengthened, particularly in ensuring security along their common border.

Bounnyang recalled the traditional friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and Laos and between the two ministries in the past struggle for national liberation and in the current construction and development of the two countries.

The achievements of the Lao people under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party are inseparable from the previous assistance and support Laos received from the the Communist Party, Government and people of Viet Nam, Bounnyang affirmed. He referred to Lao success in organising the 10th ASEAN Summit and other conferences last year.

During their visit, Anh and his party laid a wreath at the Monument to Fallen Combatants in Vientiane and visited the construction site of the Lao Journalists Association office building being constructed with the help of the Viet Nam Journalists Association. The Vietnamese delegation was warmly welcomed by Lao Minister of Information and Culture Phandouangchit Vongsa and Lao Journalists Association members.

Anh also met with personnel of the Vietnamese embassy in Laos. The Viet Nam officials will end their visit tomorrow. — VNS

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