|Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) welcomed his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith in Hà Nội on September 13 on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 (WEF ASEAN). — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc welcomed his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith in Hà Nội on September 13 on the sidelines of the 2018 World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN 2018).
PM Phúc spoke highly of the Lao delegation and PM Thongloun Sisoulith for their attendance and positive contributions to the WEF ASEAN 2018.
The two governments should work to effectively implement agreements on labour cooperation, settlement of free migration and undocumented marriage, as well as review the ‘One door, one stop’ programme at the Lao Bảo-Densavan border gate.
At the meeting, the two leaders expressed their delight at recent developments in the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Việt Nam and Laos over the past few years.
In the first half of this year, two-way trade grew 15 per cent compared to the same time last year. A variety of Vietnamese projects received investment licences in Laos, while important works, such as the Lao National Assembly house, and schools in Bolikhamsai and Sekong provinces met their targeted progress.
The two leaders agreed to join hands in carrying out high-level agreements, seeking measures to remove bottlenecks, and ensuring that investment projects are effectively carried out and meet quality requirements. They said that they will coordinate to make careful preparations for the 41st meeting of the Việt Nam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee.
Additionally, the two leaders reached a consensus on enhancing information exchange and collaboration at regional and international forums like the UN, ASEAN; at sub-regional co-operation mechanisms; and on strategic issues including those on the East Sea. The move will contribute to maintaining regional and global peace, stability and development.
Thongloun Sisoulith took the occasion to thank the Vietnamese Party, Government and people for supporting Laos in recovering from the consequences of the dam collapse in the southern province of Attapeu in July. — VNS