March 19, 2012
HANOI (Viet Nam News) — Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong last week said Vietnam would continue raising relations with Laos to a higher level for the benefit of the two countries and for regional peace, stability and development.
He made this statement while receiving Lao Politburo Member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Thongloun Sisoulith, who is on a visit to Vietnam to co-chair the sixth friendship meeting between the two countries’ ministries of foreign affairs.
Mr Trong said he highly valued the cooperation between the two ministries in recent years, expressing his belief that they would continue to coordinate closely to boost information and experience exchanges and implement cooperation agreements reached by their parties and governments.
He suggested that the two ministries should work together to organise events and festivals to celebrate the Year of Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship 2012.
Dr Thongloun conveyed warmest regards from Lao Party Secretary General and President Choummaly Sayasone to Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
He expressed his pleasure at visiting Vietnam and attending the friendship meeting between the two ministries, and also congratulated the country on its achievements in its renewal process.
He emphasised that the Lao Party, state and people would make efforts to develop long-lasting relations between the two countries.
On this occasion, Mr Trong expressed his pleasure at Laos’ achievements in the first year of implementing the Resolution of the 9th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and hoped the country would attain greater re sults in its renewal process.
During the visit to Vietnam, Dr Thongloun also met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Mr Dung expressed his hope that Laos and Vietnam’s foreign affairs ministries would strengthen their cooperative activities to contri bute to developing not only their bilateral relations but also their relations with other Asean countries. He also affirmed that Vietnam was willing to assist Laos in hostin g international meetings.
Dr Thongloun said he h oped Vietnam would continue sharing experiences in social and economic development and suggested they should boost exchange visits between officials at all levels and pay attention to educating their younger generations about the two countries’ traditional relations and solidarity.