April 26, 2012
HANOI (Viet Nam News) — The Vietnam-Laos relationship is an invaluable asset of the two nations which should be upheld and passed to future generations, said Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
He made the comments at a meeting with Lao National Assembly President Pany Yathortou in Hanoi on Wednesday. The Lao NA president was in the Vietnamese capital to attend a conference on relations between the Vietnam and Laos National Assemblies.
Trong affirmed that the conference was one of the important events of the year, which has been designated as the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year, and a vivid manifestation of the special solidarity between the two countries.
He said he believed the Lao people would continue to gain greater achievements in the renewal process and successfully implement the Resolution of the 9th Party Congress and its five-year socio-economic development plan.
Trong also said he expected the two legislative bodies would continue to work closely, increase information and experience sharing, and contribute to deepening the two countries’ traditional friendship and special solidarity. Ms Pany said the Lao NA would work closely with its Vietnamese counterpart in implementing the signed agreements.
President Truong Tan Sang also held a separate reception for the Lao lawmaker, during which he lauded her contribution to fostering ties between the two countries.
He also said Vietnam would be ready to support Laos in successfully organising the 7th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP 7) from October 3-4 in Vientiane and the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 9) Summit to be held in Laos in November.
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with Ms Pany. During the meeting he said Vietnam and Laos should further strengthen their comprehensive cooperation, especially in economics, investment and education and training to usher in new development steps in the relationship between the two countries.
Ms Pany said the recent cooperation between the two countries continued to see positive results, especially in economic fields. She also noted that Vietnamese enterprises operating in Laos have contributed to the country’s economic growth and social security.
She stressed the Lao government will create the best conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to invest and do business in the country, for the benefit and development of both nations.
She said she hoped Vietnam would share experiences in socio-economic development with Laos, especially in economic management, poverty reduction, foreign investment attraction and infrastructure development.