Vietnamese NA Vice Chairwoman welcomed in Laos

NDO/VNA – National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong visited Laos to attend activities marking the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

On July 17, the Vietnamese official was received by Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou.

At the meetings, Phong congratulated Laos on the great achievements that the country has gained over the past few years, especially since the implementation of the resolution of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP)’s 10th Congress over a year ago.

She expressed her belief that under the leadership of the LPRP, Laos will reap even more success in its reform process.

She thanked the Lao side for supporting Vietnam during the past struggle for independence and in its current national construction, while briefing the hosts on her country’s present situation.

She suggested that both sides should effectively direct ministries, sectors and localities to actively coordinate with each other in order to realise the agreements reached by their high-ranking leaders, thus fostering bilateral political ties. They should also share experience in Party and political system building, socio-economic development and international integration.

The two sides need to work closely together in defence-security and external relations and continue to remove any obstacles, thereby improving the effectiveness of bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation, she said.

The Lao leaders said that the Vietnamese delegation’s visit to attend the celebration of the special events of both countries shows the special solidarity that exists between Vietnam and Laos.

They said Vietnam’s attainments gained after one year of implementing the resolution of the 12th Party Congress are of great encouragement for Laos, while showing gratitude to Vietnam’s assistance to Laos throughout history.

They spoke highly of the two sides’ close coordination in carrying out agreements reached by their Parties and governments.

Both sides expressed their pleasure at the growing, effective, special solidarity and comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Laos, across all fields, which benefits their people and contributes to peace, stability, cooperation and development in Southeast Asia and the world.

The two sides also reiterated their determination to stand side by side in preserving, fostering and developing the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity and passing it on to younger generations.

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