Vietnamese, Lao PMs declare to ratchet up ties

Update: July, 15/2016 - 10:37
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) met Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

Ulan Bator — The Prime Ministers of Việt Nam and Laos yesterday reached a high consensus on the work to continue cementing, maintaining, and ratcheting up special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between the two countries during their meeting in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. 

At the meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 11 th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit, Prime Ministers Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Thongloun Sisoulith agreed to continually implement agreements reached at annual high-level meetings and high-ranking visits.

PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said Việt Nam will work together with Laos in unblocking obstacles facing Vietnamese investment projects in Laos so they can quickly work to aid the host country’s national development.

He also proposed relevant ministries and agencies of the two countries discuss a plan to encourage Japan’s participation in the building of the Vientiane-Thanh Thủy-Hanoi Expressway.

PM Thongloun Sisoulith assured that the Lao government will work together with the Vietnamese counterpart to ensure Vietnamese-invested projects in Laos will be carried out efficiently.

While speaking highly of Laos’s role as the Chair of ASEAN in 2016, PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc expressed his hope that the two countries will collaborate closely with each other and with other ASEAN member states to ensure ASEAN has a single voice in regional issues, especially the East Sea issue.

On the occasion, PM Thongloun Sisoulith invited PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc to visit Laos. As the invitation was delightedly accepted, both sides will arrange the visit at a convenient time. – VNS