Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính (R) meets Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith in Hà Nội on Monday. VNA Photo Dương Giang
HÀ NỘI – Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính and Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith discussed cooperation orientations between the two countries in the future during their meeting in Hà Nội on June 28.
The two sides agreed to continue their close coordination to effectively realise high-level agreements, outcomes of meetings of the Vietnam-Laos inter-governmental committee as well as cooperation programmes between ministries, agencies and localities.
They will also further provide mutual support in COVID-19 control and socio-economic recovery and development, while coordinating in implementing major joint projects.
The leaders consented to soon build the Laos - Vietnam friendship park in the Lao capital city of Vientiane, and work together to mark the 60th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, and 45 years of the signing of the Vietnam - Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 2022.
The Lao leader lauded Việt Nam’s efforts and achievements in COVID-19 containment and socio-economic development, saying it was among a few countries in the world that recorded positive growth last year.
Both leaders rejoiced at the development of the great friendship and special solidarity between the two countries. Two-way trade in the first five months of this year reached US$570.7 million, up nearly 40 per cent year-on-year. Vietnam has 208 valid projects valued at $5.16 billion in the neighbouring country.
They also looked at cooperation between the two countries within multilateral frameworks, especially ASEAN and sub-regional mechanisms.
The leaders shared views on a number of regional and international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue and the sustainable and effective use of the Mekong River’s water sources.
They agreed to continue their close coordination and mutual support, for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
Later the same day, Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng, State President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and their spouses hosted a banquet in honour of Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith, his wife and the Lao delegation.
Addressing the banquet, Trong affirmed that Thongloun’s first Vietnam visit in his capacity as Party General Secretary and State President of Laos was an important political event, marking a milestone in the bilateral ties.
The Vietnamese Party, State and people would make every effort together with their Lao counterparts to preserve and promote the special ties in all spheres, for prosperity and happiness of the people of both nations, and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.
Thongloun said the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people of Laos and Vietnam would be protected, stressing the responsibility of generations of leaders to educate and pass on the tradition to younger generations. - VNA/VNS