Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh at the reception. Photo: VNA
Implementing the cooperation
agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist
Republic of Vietnam and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's
Democratic Republic of Laos, at the invitation of Lao Foreign Minister
Saleumxay Kommasith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Pham Binh Minh paid an official visit to Laos on March 25 - 26,
and co-chaired the third political consultation at the foreign
During the visit, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh met with Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith, and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
At the meetings, welcoming the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s official visit and co-host of the third political consultation at the foreign ministerial level, the top leaders of Laos described the political consultation between the foreign ministers as an important cooperation mechanism for both sides to discuss strategic issues so that the foreign ministries can coordinate effectively to advise their respective Party and State leaders about diplomatic works.
They also appreciated the great and wholehearted assistance that the Vietnamese Party, National Assembly, Government and people have given to the Lao counterparts. They noted Laos always treasures the traditional friendship, special unity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. They thanked Viet Nam for supporting their nation in acting as the ASEAN Chair this year, which has helped Laos raise its stature in the world. They hoped the two sides will tighten links in the time ahead, adding that closer coordination is needed to prepare for activities marking 55 years of their diplomatic relations and 40 years of the signing of the Viet Nam - Laos Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in 2017.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh conveyed cordial greetings of the leaders of the Vietnamese Party, State, National Assembly and Government to Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith, and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, congratulated the great achievements that Lao people, under the wise leadership of the People's Revolutionary Party and Government of Laos, recorded in their national construction. He also congratulated Laos on its successful performance as the ASEAN Chair in 2016. He affirmed Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to work closely with Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs to constantly consolidate and further tighten the Vietnam - Laos special relationship, for the benefit of the people and success of the revolutionary cause of each country.
At the talks between the two foreign ministers, the two sides rejoiced at the extensive and effective development across all sectors of the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos. The two sides also focused on solving problems step by step to tackle difficulties and obstacles to enhance economic partnerships, especially in accelerating projects on energy and transport connectivity, improving the cooperation effectiveness in education, training and human resources development, and managing and using financial assistance to Laos.
They pledged to direct their ministries to keep coordination to serve the countries’ exchange of visits and boost the effectiveness of existing cooperation mechanisms. They will also urge relevant ministries and agencies to carry out high-level agreements, particularly the joint statements issued during the recent mutual visits by Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith and Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. The ministries will also work closely to organize various activities celebrating the 55th founding anniversary of bilateral ties and 40 years of the signing of the Viet Nam - Laos Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in 2017, thereby helping to educate younger generations about the countries’ special solidarity.
The two sides exchanged viewpoints on regional and international matters of common concern, including the strategic environment in Asia - Pacific, cooperation within ASEAN, the development of the Greater Mekong Sub - region and the sustainable use of the Mekong River’s water resources, and the East Sea issues. They agreed to push ahead with close collaboration at regional and international forums, proactively and actively share information, exchange viewpoints and coordinate stances through all channels and at all levels.
Following the talks, the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam presented the title of honorary doctor to Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith./.