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PM visits Lao province to strengthen ties

Update: March, 15/2013 - 09:10

VIENTIANE (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday paid a working visit to the northern Lao province of Xieng Khouang, which borders Viet Nam's central province of Nghe An.

While meeting with key provincial leaders, Dung said he highly valued the co-operation between Xieng Khouang and Vietnamese localities like Son La and Nghe An.

He also thanked them for assisting Viet Nam in searching for and bringing home the remains of over 15,000 Vietnamese soldiers, adding that he hoped they would soon repatriate the remains of more than 1,000 other soldiers to Viet Nam.

Provincial chief Somkok Mangnomek pledged to make it easier for Vietnamese firms to invest in the province.

At a seminar on promoting Vietnamese investment in northern Lao provinces, chaired by Dung and his Lao counterpart Thoosing Thammavong, the PM vowed to do his utmost, together with the Vietnamese Party and State, to further boost links between the two nations, especially in economics and trade between their border localities.

The two leaders requested the two countries' relevant agencies seek funds to build a 260km road linking Xieng Khouang and Thanh Hoa province, Viet Nam's economic, industrial and trade hub that houses a deep-water port and an international airport, and connect to nine northern Lao provinces with a population of 2.6 million. — VNS

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