President highly values bilateral ties between Laos and Cuba

Introduction: President Choummaly Sayasone told the visiting high-level Cuban delegation that he highly values the bilateral relations between Laos and Cuba.

Story: The delegation led by Cuban State Council Vice President, Lazara Mercedes Lopez Acea paid a courtesy call to the Lao president at the Presidential Palace on Thursday.

The three-day official visit to Laos by the delegation was made in accordance with cooperation plan between the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the Communist Party of Cuba.

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Welcoming the delegates, President Choummaly, who is also the Party Secretary General, said he highly valued relations and cooperation between the two countries over the past years.

President Choummaly expressed thanks and gratitude to the Party, government and people of Cuba for the tremendous assistance they have extended to Laos during the fight for national liberation in the past and during the current task of national development.

For her part, Lazara Mercedes Lopez Acea, who is also member of the politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba, thanked the Lao president for warmly welcoming her delegates. After being briefed on the progress made on socio-economic development of Laos, She also wished Laos to gain greater success in development.

On the same day, Lazara Mercedes Lopez Acea called on President of the National Assembly Madame Pany Yathotou, who is also a member of the politburo.

Madame Pany praised and highly valued Ms Acea’s visit. Both sides touched upon relations and cooperation between the national assemblies of the two countries. The Lao leader reiterated that Laos will continue to work with Cuba to enrich the bilateral relations and expand cooperation in a more effective manner.

Earlier, the Cuban delegation met and worked with their Lao counterparts led by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Bounpone Bouttanavong, who is also a member of the politburo.
Both sides briefed each other on the outstanding situations of their respective countries and the activities of the two Parties.
They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The Cuban delegation also met and worked with the leading committee of Vientiane led by Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune.

Both sides discussed ways to enhance economic cooperation based on untapped potentials.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on September 19, 2014