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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid a working visit to Laos
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Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Sayasone, and Lao Parliament Chairman Pany Yathotu warmly welcomed Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Laos, emphasizing that the visit is of extremely important significance, contributing to strengthening and developing the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Viet Nam, particularly the economic cooperation with the ground-breaking ceremony of a potash salt mine project in Khammouane province, the biggest investment project of Viet Nam in Laos.

 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pays an courtesy visit to Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Sayasone. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The Lao leaders also expressed deep gratitude to Viet Nam’s great and effective support to Laos in its struggle for national independence in the past as well as the national construction and development at present.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his elation to visit Lao again and witness great, important and comprehensive achievements recorded by the Lao Party, Government and people in implementing the resolution of the 9th Party Congress and the 7th 5-year Socio-economic Development Plan (2011-2015).

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sincerely thanked the precious support rendered by Lao Party, Government and people to Viet Nam in its national liberation and reunification in the past as well as in the national construction and development at present. He wished Laos success in organizing the 10th National Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party a success and assuming its role as Chairman of ASEAN in 2016.

Leaders of the two countries affirmed that the Parties, Governments, National Assemblies and peoples set great store by and give top priority to the development of traditional relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos.

Both sides exchanged views on some international and regional issues, agreed to continue strengthening close coordination within the ASEAN framework in important strategic regional issues including the East Sea issue.

At the Prime Ministers’ talks, Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong warmly welcomed Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Laos, considering it a vivid manifestation of the deep friendship and close solidarity between the two Parties and countries. He emphasized that the Lao Government and people are grateful to Viet Nam’s great and effective support to Laos in its struggle for national liberation in the past as well as in national construction and development at present.

 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung holds talks with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong stated that potash salt mine project in Khammouane province launched during the visit to Laos of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung would benefit both countries, help both sides further their bilateral cooperation on economy, trade, investment, labor and technology transfer and contribute to further strengthen the comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Viet Nam.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed elation at great and important achievements recorded by the Lao Party, Government and people and wished the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party successfully organize the 10th National Party Congress in early 2016. Both leaders noted that the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples of Viet Nam and Laos have effectively and practically developed and deepened in all fields.

Viet Nam is one of the biggest investors in Laos; trade turnover between the two countries has increased in recent years; the two sides have signed the new Trade Agreement and the Agreement on cross-border trade of goods and services in the border areas to help achieve the joint objective of increasing two-way trade to 2 billion USD in 2015. Viet Nam’s ODA programmes and projects to Laos have proved successful. Positive results have been made in cultural, educational and training, science, technology, transport, and agricultural cooperation.

Both sides agreed to continue coordinating to organize celebrations of big events of the two countries from now to the end of the year, including the 40th anniversary of Laos’ National Day, the 95th birth anniversary of President Kaysone Phomvihane (in December), prepare for the 38th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee and the annual consultation between the two Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the end of 2015, effectively coordinate to implement the Trade Agreement and the Agreement on cross-border trade of goods and services, take measures to increase two-way trade turnover in the last months of 2015, continue to monitor, control and timely remove obstacles and assist Vietnamese businesses in expediting investment projects in Laos, encourage Lao businesses to invest in Viet Nam particularly the construction of bonded warehouses and oil pipelines from Hon La port in Viet Nam’s Quang Binh province to the Lao province of Khammouane, one of the most important investment project of Laos in Viet Nam, improve transport connections between the two countries with the construction of a highway connecting Vientiane-Pac San (Laos) with Thanh Thuy-Hanoi (Viet Nam) and the route from Phuthitphong in Luang Prabang province to Naxon, bordering Dien Bien Dong district in Viet Nam’s northern province of Dien Bien.

The two sides also compared notes on some international and regional issues of mutual concern, agreed to promote cooperative relations in regional and international forums, especially in the framework of ASEAN to maintain the stance and common voice of ASEAN in important strategic regional issues, including the East Sea issue.

After the talks, the two prime ministers witnessed the signing of a governmental Memorandum of Understanding on strategic cooperation on transport during 2016-2025, with a vision toward 2030.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung called at comrade Khamtay Siphandone, former Lao Party Chairman and President, comrade Sisavat Keobounphan, former Lao Prime Minister and Chairman of the Front for national construction and comrade Saman Vinhaket, former Lao Chairman of National Assembly and Chairman of the Steering Committee on ideology and culture of the Party Central Committee.

Earlier on 13 September, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his counterpart Thongsing Thammavong attended the ground breaking of the potash salt project in Nongbok district, Khammouane province invested by the Viet Nam National Chemical Group (Vinachem). The project covering an area of 10 km2 with a annual capacity of 320.000 tons and a total investment capital of US$ 522 million of which US$ 105 million are Vinachem’s capital and the remaining from its loans from Vietnamese commercial banks. When completed, the project will considerably reduce the import of potash fertilizer of Viet Nam and Laos and help ease the shortage of industrial salt and high quality salt in Viet Nam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also visited the Memorial site of President Ho Chi Minh where he lived and carried out revolutionary activities during 1921-1931 in Xienvang, Nongbok district, Khammouane province.

Synthesized by Nguyen Duc