December 26, 2012
President Choummaly Sayasone, accompanied by his wife and a high ranking delegation, is visiting Vietnam from December 25 to 28.
Mr Choummaly and his delegation yesterday attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier’s Monument, paid their respects at the Ho Chi Minh tomb and met with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong.
At the meeting between the two Party secretaries general, both sides shared their opinions on the traditional ties, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, governments and nations.
They agreed on the direction of future cooperation and strengthening the development of mutual interests.
Both sides shared their points of view on regional and international issues of mutual interest. They highly value and are satisfied with the traditional friendly relations, special solidarity, comprehensive cooperation and mutual trust that have been maintained regardless of changes in the world and the two countries.
Relations in the areas of politics, national defence and public security and foreign affairs have been continuously strengthened in quality and quality in multiple forms.
They noted that this year the countries celebrated two historic dates: the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation.
“The celebration with meaningful content and abundant form has contributed to educating the two nations on the rare special relations between the two countries,” said President Choummaly, according to the Lao News Agency.
Regarding economics, culture, education, science and technology, cooperation has been strengthened to new levels of effectiveness.
Vietnam is a leader among the countries investing in Laos. Cooperation in human resource development between the two countries is prioritised by the two Parties and governments, and has brought real benefits to both sides.
Regarding future cooperation, both sides will encourage organisations in the two countries to coordinate with related sectors to implement a concrete plan in accordance with the content of the 35th meeting of the Laos-Vietnam Joint Cooperation Committee, and the agreement on economics, culture, education and science and technology for the year 2013.
Implementation will focus on the joint resolution of shortcomings, by improving organisational structures, regulations and cooperation mechanisms.
Both sides will prioritise cooperation in education and human resource development, focusing on improving the quality of education. They will also accelerate the installation of border markers for 2013 as agreed.
They will promote and facilitate enterprises in both countries to invest in agriculture in border areas.
Both sides will continue to share information and coordinate regarding regional and international issues, Asean frameworks and sub-regions.
The two leaders confirmed their commitment to defending the great ties of friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation and agreed on regular visits to each other.
On the same day, President Choummaly met with President Truong Tan Sang. They gave a joint press conference to announce the outcomes of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Year. The two leaders expressed their satisfaction with the celebrations and activities held, which helped to educate the younger generation on the two nations’ shared history.
President Choummaly also met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tran Dung and National Assembly President Nguyen Sing Hung.
During the visit, the Lao government awarded a National Gold Medal to President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly President Nguyen Sing Hung, and Class 1 Isara Orders to Vietnamese Politburo members and other leaders for their contribution to promoting the special relationship between the two nations.