VIENTIANE Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has expressed his belief that under the sound leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), the Lao people would successfully realise the goals set by the Resolution of the 10th National Party Congress and the 2016-20 socio-economic development plan.
He made the statement during meetings with Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith and Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou in Vientiane on Tuesday.
The Lao leaders congratulated Việt Nam on winning a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-21 tenure with a record number of approval votes.
They believed that with the non-permanent membership of the UNSC and the ASEAN Chair for 2020, Việt Nam would affirm its increasingly important role in ASEAN, the region and the world.
Dũng asked the Lao government to facilitate regular high-level visits, promote result-oriented co-operation in diverse areas, and continue implementing agreements signed by the two countries, especially the outcomes of the 41st meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee.
He suggested continuing to enforce border agreements, including the one on the settlement of free immigration and unregistered marriages, and co-ordinate to search for and repatriate the remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who lost their lives in Laos during the war.
PM Sisoulith vowed to offer all possible support to Vietnamese enterprises doing business in Laos, hold a second business dialogue between the Lao PM and Vietnamese firms, and speed up the pace of joint key projects such as the Luang Prabang and Nammo hydropower plants and the Hà Nội – Vientiane expressway.
The host asked the Vietnamese Government to continue encouraging firms to invest in Laos in high-tech agriculture and aviation.
At the meeting with NA Chairwoman Yathotou, Deputy PM Dũng reported the progress of the construction of the new Lao NA House, saying the Vietnamese Government attached importance to the project and wanted to co-ordinate with Laos to deal with any difficulties to ensure the project would be completed on schedule.
Dũng asked the top Lao legislator to push for the facilitation of Việt Nam’s projects in Laos and the effective implementation of high-level agreements between the two governments.
Yathotou pledged to liaise closely with the Vietnamese NA when Việt Nam assumed the role of ASEAN Chair and Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly by 2020. VNS