|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung receives Lao National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou in Ha Noi. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam consistently prioritises the enhancement of traditional friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive co-operation with Laos, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung told his Lao counterpart Pany Yathotou yesterday.
Hung welcomed the Lao delegation's official visit and attendance at the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU-132) as a demonstration of special relations between the two countries.
He sent his best wishes to the Lao Party, State, and National Assembly leaders and people on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (March 22, 1955) and the traditional New Year festival Boun Pi Mai in April.
He said the regular exchange of high-ranking delegations from the countries' Parties, States and National Assemblies has contributed to consolidating the solidarity and special relations enjoyed by Viet Nam and Laos.
Hailing Laos's socio-economic achievements, he congratulated the country on its successful organisation of the 35 th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly which helped raise its regional and global standing.
Chairwoman Pany Yathotou spoke highly of Viet Nam's preparations for the IPU-132, saying it had lifted the country's international role and reputation.
She also lauded Viet Nam's impressive socio-economic achievements as valuable lessons for the Lao Party, State and people in their own national development.
The leaders briefed each other on progress either country has made in economic development and external relations.
They agreed to foster joint programmes and projects in economics, culture, science, and technology; intensify co-operation between the two sides' localities; and tap for mutual benefit their natural and human resource potentials.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also received the Lao NA leader yesterday. — VNS