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National Assemblies of Vietnam and Laos agreed to continue to strengthen cooperation
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Chairwoman of Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan pays courtesy visit to General Secretary and President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith. Photo: VNA

The two sides held talks immediately after the welcoming ceremony. Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou expressed his joy and respect to Chairwomen of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan for choosing Laos as the first country to visit in her new position. She congratulated Vietnam for successfully organized the elections to the National Assembly and election of the National Assembly Chairwomen Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the first woman in this position. The Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly confirmed the visit of a high level delegation of the National Assembly of Vietnam is an important motivation for the Lao National Assembly and people in national construction and development in the coming period.

National Assembly Chairwomen Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan expressed her elation at the official friendship visit to the People's Democratic Republic of Laos during her first overseas visit, and sincerely thanked the warm welcome given by the Lao National Assembly to the delegation.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said, during the visit to Laos this time, the delegation of the National Assembly of Vietnam shares the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity, the successes of the Party Congresses of both countries, and the successes of the elections to the two National Assemblies.

At the talks, the two Chairwomen of the National Assemblies have jointly reviewed the oversight of the cooperation agreements signed on orientations and measures to further strengthen traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two legislative bodies to contribute to promote cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides recognized that the international and regional situation is changing rapidly; Vietnam and Laos are deepening international integration and renovation, and having great opportunities in building and developing the country. Along with opportunities are big challenges, and negative impacts of the market economy. In that situation, the two sides should strengthen coordination and theoretical research to set out practical solutions for socio-economic development and protection of national values and cultural identity.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan affirmed that Vietnam has consistently attached importance and given highest priority to consolidating and strengthening the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, the vital factors for the revolutionary causes of the two peoples, the invaluable assets that the two parties, two countries and two peoples should preserve, develop and hand down to the younger generations.

The two National Assembly leaders were delighted at the economic cooperation, trade, investment, ODA between the two countries from the central to local levels. Vietnam is now the third largest investor in Laos with a total registered capital of more than US$ 5 billion. Besides, the two countries' cooperation in the areas of education, transportation, finance and banking, healthcare, culture, tourism, people exchange have become more efficient and expanded. The two sides have successfully built the borderline of peace and friendship.

Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou said that 2016 is a year with significant events in Laos. Laos has recently successfully hosted the ASEAN Summit and Lao National Assembly has also successfully organized elections to the National Assembly and People's Councils at all levels.

With a desire to promote the representative role of the elected bodies, the two sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation in training human resources, experience sharing, especially in developing institutional and legal system, and experience and oversight of law-enforcement. In the immediate future, the two sides focused on preparations for the inauguration ceremony of the Vietnam-Laos Revolutionary Historical Site in Son La province to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, considering it an important political event of the two countries. The two sides will strengthen supervision of and facilitate investment projects between the two countries.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan conveyed to the President of the National Assembly of Laos specific proposals of Vietnamese ministries and branches and suggested that the National Assembly and the Government of Laos to continue promoting the comprehensive cooperation of the two countries.

The two sides agreed to continue to coordinate closely on the international parliamentary forums. Laos National Assembly supported the Joint Declaration of ASEAN Foreign Ministers 49 on the East Sea.

In management, sustainable and efficient use of the Mekong River, the Laos side pledged to strictly implement the joint agreement between leaders of the two countries.

The two leaders supported the Governments of the two countries to early expedite negotiation and signing of the Agreement on Extradition and the Agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Laos.

In the framework of the visit to Laos, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan paid a courtesy call to the General Secretary and President of the Democratic People’s Republic of Laos Volachith Bounnhang, met Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Laos Front for National Construction Saysomphone Phomvihane.

The highlight of the official friendship visit to Laos was the two female Chairwomen of the two National conference on “Experience on Public Debt Management.” This conference demonstrated the role and important issues in economic management, and the National Assemblies and Governments of Vietnam and Laos.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also met with Vietnamese embassy staff, overseas Vietnamese and Vietnam business representatives in Laos. The Chairwoman urged the embassy staff to contribute to building diplomatic missions, enhancing the image diplomatic staff with acumen and wisdom, improving premises on par with the country’s status, and meeting increasing requirements of the country in period comprehensive international integration.

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