Deputy PM Dung meets senior leaders of Laos

VOV.VN - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung had meetings with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou in Vientiane on June 25.

During the meetings, Dung expressed his confidence that under the sound leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), the Lao people will successfully carry out the goals set by the Resolution of the 10th National Party Congress, and the 2016-2020 socio-economic development plan. 

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Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (L) and Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith.
The Lao leaders congratulated Vietnam on winning a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure with a record number of approval votes. 

They said they believe that with the non-permanent membership in the UNSC and the ASEAN Chair by 2020, Vietnam will demonstrate its increasingly important role in ASEAN, the region and the world. 

Talking to the Lao PM, Dung said he hopes that the Lao government would facilitate regular exchange of high-level visits via different channels, step up result-oriented cooperation in various areas, and continue realizing agreements, especially the outcomes of the 41st meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee. 

He also proposed continuing to enforce border agreements, including the one on the settlement of free immigration and unregistered marriages, and coordinate to search for and repatriate remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who sacrificed their lives in Laos during the wartime.

PM Sisoulith pledged to provide all possible support to Vietnamese enterprises doing business in Laos, soon hold the second business dialogue between the Lao PM and Vietnamese businesses, and expedite the pace of joint key projects such as the Luang Prabang and Nammo hydropower plants and Hanoi – Vientiane expressway. 

He asked the Vietnamese government to continue incentivizing more investments in high-tech agriculture and aviation from Vietnamese enterprises in Laos.

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Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (L) meets with the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou.
Meeting with NA Chairwoman Yathotou, Deputy PM Dung informed her about the progress of the construction of the new Lao NA House, affirming the Vietnamese government’s recognition of high importance to the project and desires to coordinate with Laos to tackle arising difficulties in order to ensure the project will be finalized on schedule. 

Dung asked the top Lao legislator to push ahead with the facilitation of Vietnam’s projects in Laos and the effective implementation of high-level agreements between the two governments. 

Yathotou, in turn, vowed to liaison closely with the Vietnamese NA when Vietnam takes on the role of ASEAN Chair and Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) by 2020.