| Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh (L) meets with General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President Bounnhang Vorachith (Photo: VNA)
Binh congratulated Laos on its recent achievements and briefed his hosts on the outcomes of the talks with his Lao counterpart Bounthong Chithmany.
Ministries and sectors are reviewing the implementation of agreements between the two countries’ leaders. They are also working hard to prepare for important diplomatic activities early next year, including the 42nd meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee, he said.
The Lao leaders affirmed that the Party, State, Government and people of Laos always treasure and give the highest priority to the promotion of the great relationship, special solidarity and all-around cooperation with Vietnam, considering these as priceless and vital to the two countries’ revolutionary causes.
Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith agreed that Laos will work closely with Vietnam to popularise and hold major anniversaries of both nation in 2020, including the 90th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the 65th founding anniversary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.
He also voiced his hope that the two sides will take heed to developing a border of peace, stability, friendship, cooperation and comprehensive development; further improve the living standards for border residents; and boost closer coordination to deal with irregular migration, undocumented marriages, naturalisation and drug crime.
Appreciating the outcomes of the talks between Deputy PMs Binh and Bounthong Chithmany, PM Thongloun Sisoulith pledged optimal conditions for the countries’ ministries and sectors to carry out the outcomes of this visit.
He consented to maintain mutual high-ranking visits and meetings, review and speed up the implementation of high-level agreements reached in 2019, and make thorough preparations for the 42nd meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee early next year.
The Lao side will also ensure the quality and implementation pace of important projects on schedule, including the Hanoi-Vientiane expressway and the Vientiane-Vung Ang railway projects, he added.
With regard to cooperation within multilateral frameworks, Deputy PM Binh thanked Laos for supporting Vietnam’s candidacy for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.
The Lao leaders affirmed that their nation will back and work together with Vietnam when the country assumes this post and the ASEAN chairmanship in 2020. It will also augment bilateral cooperation within sub-regional mechanisms such as the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam cooperation, the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam cooperation, and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy.
At the meeting with Chief Justice of the People’s Supreme Court of Laos Khampha Xengdala, Deputy PM Binh affirmed Vietnam’s readiness to help the supreme and all-level courts of Laos to improve their court system and judicial work.
The Lao official showed his appreciation for the Government and the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam for assisting his country’s court and judicial sector, suggesting the two sides share judicial experience, advance cooperation in personnel training.