Vietnamese PM holds working session with Lao counterpart

On April 5, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held a working session with his Lao counterpart Sonexay Siphandone in Vientiane to review the implementation of the agreement between the two Politburos.
Vietnamese PM holds working session with Lao counterpart
At the working session. (Photo: VNA)

Prime Minister Chinh congratulated Laos on successfully hosting the fourth Mekong River Commission Summit, thereby improving its role and position in the region.

He expressed his belief that under the sound leadership of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the drastic directions of the Lao Government led by Siphandone, the Lao people will overcome difficulties and accomplish the resolution adopted by the 11th National Party Congress and the ninth five-year socio-economic development plan in order to build an independent, self-reliant, and increasingly prosperous country that extensively and intensively integrates into the world.

Lao Prime Minister Siphandone, for his part, thanked Prime Minister Chinh for attending and contributing to the success of the MRC Summit. He conveyed the regards of Lao Party General Secretary and President Thongloun Sisoulith and other high-ranking leaders to their Vietnamese counterparts.

The two Prime Ministers expressed their delight at the development of Vietnam-Laos great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation in various areas over the past years. Two-way trade surpassed 1.7 billion USD last year, up over 24% annually, exceeding the set target of 10-15%.

Both sides agreed to continue with efforts to carry out the Vietnam-Laos cooperation strategy agreement for the 2021-2030 period, the Vietnam-Laos bilateral cooperation agreement for 2021-2023, other high-level agreements and cooperation plans signed in various fields.

They will continue facilitating the exchange of delegations at all levels via channels to constantly reinforce the particularly strong political relationship, coordinate to ensure security, social safety and order, enhance national defence-security cooperation, as well as the fight against transnational crimes, especially drug crime.

The two sides vowed to further elevate economic cooperation, offer mutual support to build independent and self-reliant economies with practical, intensive and effective international integration; strengthen economic connectivity; and improve the quality and effectiveness of aid projects.

They are determined to focus on removing obstacles and accelerating key projects such as the Vung Ang 1, 2, 3 seaports, Nong Khang airport, and East-West road and rail transport connectivity projects.

Vietnam is ready to help Laos successfully perform international tasks in the coming time, including the ASEAN/AIPA Chairmanship in 2024.

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(Source: VNA)