Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation ties

The top leaders of Laos and Vietnam have agreed to continue to guide various sectors in the two countries in maintaining effective cooperation towards more fruitful friendship, special solidarity and f urther comprehensive cooperation.

This was the shared message from President Choummaly Sayasone and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang when they met in Vientiane at the Presidential Palace yesterday.

President Truong Tan Sang is visiting Laos from March 23 to 25.

During the meeting, which was attended by senior officials from the two countries’ Parties and governments, the two leaders briefed each other on the latest developments in their respective countries and shared views on regional and international events of mutual interest.

Reviewing the fruits of their cooperation, the two leaders said they highly valued the traditional ties of friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, governments and peoples.

They agreed that, despite the complex changes that have occurred both regionally and internationally, the special ties between Laos and Vietnam had been enriched and grown continuously, which benefited the two nations.

Yesterday evening, President Choummaly and his wife hosted a dinner at the Presidential Palace in honour of President Sang and his wife, and the high-level Vietnamese delegation.

President Sang and his delegation will today meet Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and National Assembly President Ms Pany Yathotou.

The Vietnamese President and his delegation will also visit previous Lao leaders such as former President Khamtay Siphandone, former President of the Lao Front for National Construction Sisavath Keobounphanh, and former National Assembly President Samane Vinhaket.

President Sang and his delegation will also visit the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, former President Kaysone Phomvihane’s family, the President Souphanouvong Monument, and members of the Souphanouvong family.

Tomorrow, President Sang will receive a courtesy visit from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Sports, and President of the Laos-Vietnamese Friendship Association, Dr Phankham Viphavanh.

President Sang and his delegation will also visit the Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane.

Source: Vientiane Times
Published on March 24, 2015