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General Secretary and President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Volachith paid an official friendship visit to Viet Nam
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The official welcoming ceremony given to General Secretary of the Central Committee of the People's Revolutionary Party and President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Volachith was solemnly held at the Presidential Palace by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

During the visit, General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Volachith held talks with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. He visited and talked with staff, and students of the Ho Chi Minh National Political Institute, received the delegation of the Viet Nam-Laos Friendship Association and the focal points of the Association of former Vietnamese experts and volunteers in Laos and met with Party Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Dinh La Thang.

At the talks and meetings, the senior leaders of Viet Nam warmly welcomed General Secretary and President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Volachith and the high-ranking delegation of the Lao Party and State in their official visit to Viet Nam, warmly congratulated the success of the 10th National Assembly of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the elections to the National Assembly, 8th Legislature, the Provincial People's Councils of Laos, and congratulated comrade Bounnhang Volachith for his election as Party General Secretary and State President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. The senior leaders of Viet Nam also expressed firm belief that under the leadership of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party headed by Mr. Bounnhang Volachith, Lao people are certain to successfully fulfil the Resolution of the 10th National Party Congress and 8th 5-year Socio-Economic Development Plan (2016-2020) and successfully build Laos into a country of peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity in accordance with the socialist objectives.

Expressing his elation for leading a high-ranking delegation of the Lao Party and State to visit Viet Nam at a time when the two Parties have just successfully organized Party National Assemblies; Viet Nam is preparing for the elections to the 14th National Assembly, celebrating the 41st anniversary of liberation of the South and national reunification, and commemorating the 126th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh, General Secretary and President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Volachith said that Viet Nam was the first country he visited immediately after he had been elected as General Secretary and President of Laos. This shows special respect of the Party and State of Laos and his himself towards maintaining and constantly fostering the great friendship, special, pure, loyal solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos. General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith stressed that Viet Nam was always a trusted and intimate friend of Laos. He expressed his confidence that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, the people of Viet Nam would continue to gain new and greater achievements, successfully implement the Resolution of the 12th Party National Assembly, early achieve the goal of industrialization and modernization, and enhance the international position of Viet Nam in the region and the world.

General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith congratulated General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong for his reelection as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam for the 2016-2021 tenure, congratulated comrade Tran Dai Quang for his election as President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at the 11th session of the 13th National Assembly, congratulated Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc for his election as Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; congratulated Comrade Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan for her election as Chairperson of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. He conveyed his sincere thanks for the warm welcome full of passionate friendship given by the leaders and people of Viet Nam.

The meetings and the talks brought about good results, confirming the close solidarity between the Parties, States and peoples of Laos and Viet Nam.

 

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and General Secretary and President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao Bounnhang Volachith reviewed the guard of honor of the Viet Nam People's Army. Photo: VNA

During talks at the headquarters of the Party Central Committee on 25 April, on behalf of the Party, State and people of the two countries of Viet Nam and Laos, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith highly valued the mutual support and tremendous, precious and effective assistance of the two Parties States and two peoples in the struggle for national liberation, reunification in the past as well as the building and defending the countries at present. The two leaders affirmed that in any circumstance, the two Parties and the two countries would do their best to preserve and nurture the special relationships between Viet Nam and Laos.

The two leaders exchanged views and agreed that, in 2016 and subsequent years, the cause of renovation, construction and national defense of the two countries would face with difficulties, challenges, pose many problems requiring close and effective coordination in implementing the Resolutions of the two Party Congresses, and the development strategies of the two countries. Accordingly, the two sides agreed to strongly promote the comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos on the basis of upholding the spirit of independence, self-reliance, equal cooperation and mutual benefit, offering preferential treatment, mutual support and facilitating development for prosperity of each country, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in Southeast Asia and the world. The two sides emphasized to further improve the quality of exchanges of theoretical and practical experiences on party building, governance, socio-economic management and measures to implementing the Resolutions of the Parties, coordinate to step up propaganda and education on the traditional special relations between Viet Nam and Laos among cadres, Party members and people of all strata, especially young generations of the two countries.

The two sides affirmed to continue close coordination in international and regional issues in multilateral fora, actively contribute to building a strong ASEAN Community, coordinate with each other and with other countries and organizations in the management and efficient and sustainable use of the Mekong water resources, coordinate to effectively implement cooperation projects in the Viet Nam-Laos-Cambodia development triangle. Viet Nam shares experience and actively supports Laos in fulfilling its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2016. Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides expressed concern about the tense situation in the East Sea and emphasized the importance of peace, stability, security and safety maintenance in the East Sea. Both sides agreed to promote the settlement of disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means on the basis of international law, together with parties implement fully and effectively the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and early conclude the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in order to preserve peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world. General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Volachith extended his invitation to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his spouse for an official visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his thanks and accepted the invitation.

 

President Tran Dai Quang meets with General Secretary and President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Volachith. Photo: VNA

President Tran Dai Quang met with General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith at the Presidential Palace on 26 April. President Tran Dai Quang congratulated the great and comprehensive achievements of historical significance that the Party, State and people of Laos have recorded in the 30 years of renovation, expressed his pleasure at the strong and effective development of the Viet Nam-Laos special solidarity over the years, affirmed that Viet Nam always considered the cooperation between the two Parties and the two countries as an invaluable asset, vital to the revolutionary causes of Viet Nam and Laos.

President Tran Dai Quang and General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith discussed orientations to strengthen Viet Nam-Laos cooperation in the near future, coordinate to efficiently implement high-level agreements and the Agreement on Cooperation of the 38th Session of the InterGovernmental Committee. In 2017, the two countries will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 40th anniversary of signing the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos. These are important occasions for the two countries to promote stronger ties in all fields, especially economic, trade and investment cooperation based on the potential and strength of each country, in line with the common interests of the two peoples.

On this occasion, President Tran Dai Quang expressed thanks to the Party, State and people of Laos for sharing and supporting the Vietnamese people in provinces which suffer from losses due to drought and salinity intrusion in the Mekong Delta and Central Highlands of Viet Nam, considering it a vivid demonstration of the special relationship between Viet Nam and Laos.

Lao General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith noted and highly appreciated the relationship between Laos and Viet Nam which in any circumstance has always strongly progressed on all fields of politics, economy, society, security and national defense. The Lao leader extended his invitation to President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse for an official visit to the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. President Tran Dai Quang expressed his thanks and promised to make the visit at a convenient time.

 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, General Secretary and President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao Bounnhang Volachith and delegates. Photo: VNA

Meeting with the Lao General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith, on behalf of the Government, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his pleasure at the fine development of the traditional relations of friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos. Both sides have cooperated to achieve important goals in the Strategy of economic, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos in the period of 2011-2020, particularly the successful implementation of the Viet Nam-Laos Cooperation Agreement in the period of 2011-2015.

Informing the guests of the socio-economic situation of Viet Nam in recent time, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that the Government of Viet Nam would continue to do its best, in close coordination with the Government of Laos to foster the friendship relations and cooperation, bringing practical benefits to the two peoples, especially implementing effectively mechanisms adopted by leaders of the two countries as well the results of the 38th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee which gives priory to effective implementation of the Viet Nam-Laos Cooperation Agreement in 2016 and Viet Nam-Laos Cooperation Agreement in the period of 2016-2020, accelerate the implementation of Viet Nam’s investment projects in Laos and coordinate to further accelerate the realization of the Strategy on Cooperation in the two provinces of Hua Phan and Xiengkhoang, and early complete the scheme on connecting the two economies.

Lao General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith briefed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of the socio-economic situation of Laos, affirming that the Party, State and people of Laos vowed to do their best together with the Party, State and people of Viet Nam to bring the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos to a new height. He also suggested the two governments to strengthen coordination and guidance to effectively implement cooperation projects in order to promote stronger economic, trade, and investment relations on par with the special relationships between the two Parties, States and people of the two countries.

 

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met General Secretary and President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao Bounnhang Volachith. Image: nhandan.com.vn

Receiving the Lao delegation at the National Assembly premises, on behalf of National Assembly and the Standing Committee of the National Assembly, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan praised the visit of comrade Bounnhang Volachith as an event of special significance which contributed to furthering the traditional, loyal and pure friendship, and special solidarity between Viet Nam and Laos. National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan informed the General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith of the results of the 11th Session, the last session of the 13th National Assembly of Viet Nam, including adoption of the Reports on the 2011-2016 Tenure of the National Assembly, the State President, and the Prime Minister, the Resolution on the 5-year Socio-Economic Development Plan for the period of 2016-2020, elections to the key leadership positions in the State apparatus to facilitate the successful implementation of the socio-economic development tasks in the coming period.

Regarding cooperation between the two National Assemblies, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan proposed that upholding the tradition and achievements of the two National Assemblies, the two sides should strengthen cooperation, exchange of information and experiences in legislation, oversight and making decision on major issues of the countries, giving special concern to directing and monitoring the implementation of high-level agreements, and cooperation agreements between the two countries.

Lao General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Volachith highly valued the increasingly close and effective coordination between the National Assemblies over the past period and expressed the wish that on the basis of current political relations between the two Parties and countries, the two sides would continue to strengthen cooperation, share experiences, and coordinate closely on issues of mutual concern. The Lao leader confirmed that the Lao people would continue to maintain and foster the friendship between the two Parties and States, contributing bringing Viet Nam-Laos relations to a new level.

The official friendship visit to Viet Nam by General Secretary, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Volachith was a great success, contributing significantly to tightening great friendship, special solidarity, good and age-old tradition, and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, states and peoples of Laos and Viet Nam in the interests of the two peoples, as well as for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.”

Synthesized by Phuong Tra