Pany Yathotou, Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly. (Source: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Laos’ top legislator Pany Yathotou called for closer cooperation between Laos and Vietnam in ethnic and religious affairs in a reception on June 27 for a delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly’s Council for Ethnic Affairs.

The Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly said ethnic and religious affairs are of importance to both countries and the smooth implementation of relevant policies will be the important basis for national harmony and unity and the foundation for the development of each country.

She affirmed the delegation’s visit helps boost the relationship between the two legislative bodies in general and their ethnic affairs agencies in particular, adding that the two agencies should boost exchanges of experience in ethnic and religious work.

Earlier the same day, the Vietnamese delegation led by the council’s head Ha Ngoc Chien held talks with their counterparts from the Lao NA Committee on Ethnic Affairs led by the committee’s chairman Buaphan Lykaiya.

The two sides assessed the implementation of their bilateral cooperation agreement in the period 2014-2016, which covered issues like law-building, monitoring the execution of policies and law on ethnic works

They agreed to increase experience sharing to tighten their partnership in the time ahead.-VNA