Vietnam, Laos hold second political consultation

At the political consultation (Source:

Vientiane (VNA) – The foreign ministries of Vietnam and Laos held their second political
consultation in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on May 31. 

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy
and his Lao counterpart Khamphau Onthavan co-chaired the function. 

At the meeting, the two sides noted with
pleasure the enhanced cooperation between Vietnam and Laos across fields,
ranging from politics, security and national defence to economy, trade,
investment, transport, education and training. 

In 2017, the two countries plan to exchange many
all-level visits and are joining hands to organise activities celebrating the
Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year, they said. 

The two sides looked into bottlenecks in the
bilateral ties and agreed to continue close coordination to foster the special
relationship in the time ahead, especially through the implementation of
agreements reached by Vietnamese and Lao high-ranking leaders, and successful
organisation of the Solidarity and Friendship Year.  

In a parallel effort, they will renew
communications methods to raise the sense of responsibility among the two
countries’ people, especially youths, for preserving and carrying forward the

Reviewing the realisation of cooperation
agreements between the two foreign ministries during 2014-2020, they applauded
contributions made by the agencies to deepening the Vietnam-Laos time-honoured
friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation over the past

Khamphau Onthavan thanked the Vietnamese side
for training Lao diplomats at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. 

The two ministries consented to forge their
collaboration while partnering with other ministries, agencies and localities
of both sides to fruitfully implement high-level agreements between the two
countries and their own deals signed for 2014-2020. 

They will also work with each other to prepare
for the fourth annual consultation between foreign ministers. 

Following the meeting, the two sides engaged in
a roundtable to discuss foreign policies in respective countries, along with
regional and international issues of shared concern. 

They agreed to continue closely coordinating
with each other at regional and international forums, especially within the
cooperation framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

They will team up with other ASEAN nations to
maintain the role and common stance of the ten-member group on strategic issues
in the region. 

The third political consultation is set to take
place in Vietnam in 2018.-VNA

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