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President Tran Dai Quang paid a State visit to the People's Democratic Republic of Laos
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President Tran Dai Quang and General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Volachith on the podium of honor. Photo: VNA

The State visit of President Tran Dai Quang to the People's Democratic Republic of Laos manifested respect for and promotion of the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos. This was the first foreign visit of President Tran Dai Quang in his capacity as President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

The official welcoming ceremony was solemnly held at the Presidential Palace. General Secretary and State President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith and his wife warmly welcomed President Tran Dai Quang and his wife, expressing deep emotion and closeness between the two Parties, States and peoples of Viet Nam and Laos.

After the welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane, General Secretary and President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith and President Tran Dai Quang conducted talks.

General Secretary and State President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith warmly welcomed the State visit of President Tran Dai Quang, emphasizing that the President’s selection of Laos for his first overseas trip after taking office demonstrates the importance Viet Nam attaches to its relations to Laos and the desire to strengthen friendship, special solidarity between the two Parties, States and peoples.

General Secretary and President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith confirmed the visit of President Tran Dai Quang brought about to the Lao people a great source of encouragement of the Vietnamese friend, comrade, brother who shared will and woe for the common cause of the two peoples.

President Bounnhang Vorachith congratulated the great achievements of the people of Viet Nam in the cause of building and defending the country. He expressed his belief that the visit of President Tran Dai Quang is an important milestone, in consolidating and further developing the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples.

President Tran Dai Quang expressed thanks to General Secretary and President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith, leaders of Laos and Lao people for their welcome delegation, and his delight at remarkable achievements the Laos Party, State and people have attained over the recent past.

President Tran Dai Quang congratulated the Lao side on the successful 10th Congress of Lao People's Revolutionary Party, and noted his belief that the Lao people will successfully fulfill all tasks and goals set at Congress to advance firmly on the path forward socialism.

In the past years, on the basis of visits, meetings and contacts between leaders of the two countries, the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos have constantly, extensively, practically and effectively grown in all sectors.

On economic and trade, as of early this year, Viet Nam had 258 investment projects in Laos, with a total registered capital of US$ 5.3 billion. The two countries signed the new Trade Agreement in March 2015, The Border Trade Agreement in June 2015, and have closely coordinated in implementing projects with ODA from Viet Nam to Laos.

Parallel to that, the two countries to strengthen cooperation in the fields of defense and security, political security, social order and safety, prevent sabotage plots of the hostile forces. Both sides have paid special attention to improving the quality and efficiency of cooperation in the field of education and training and development of human resources. Cooperation in the fields of transport, science and technology, culture and society has also been implemented at the national level, ministries and local level.

During his stay in Laos, President Tran Dai Quang had meetings with Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith, Lao National Assembly President Pany Yathotou, visited and talked with staff of the Vietnamese embassy in Laos, representative offices of Viet Nam, overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese community in Laos.

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