VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi (R) and KLP General Director Sounthone Khanthavong (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Leaders of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Laos News Agency (KPL) have agreed to improve the quality of news for exchange, while strengthening communications on the special ties of Vietnam and Laos, especially in 2017 when the two countries celebrate the 55th anniversary of their relations.

During their talks in Hanoi on December 7, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi and KLP General Director Sounthone Khanthavong concurred that the two sides should increase media coverage of the respective countries and their people for stronger Vietnam-Laos relations.

KPL will continue helping VNA publish the Vietnam Pictorial in Lao language in Laos, while promoting the publication’s online version as well as the VNA’s electronic newspaper VietnamPlus on KPL’s website.

The KPL official pledged to support the re-appearance of the VNA-run television channel Vnews on Laos’ cable TV system in 2017.

Meanwhile, the VNA committed to doing its utmost to assist the KPL in upgrading its website, while coordinating with and supporting the KPL to launch the Internet system in KPL’s new headquarters.

The VNA leader also agreed to receive KPL staff to work as apprentices in the VNA as proposed by his Lao counterpart.

The two sides expressed delight that partnership between the two news agencies was growing in line with the 2016-2020 cooperation agreement. In 2016, the two sides jointly held an exchange and professional training course from June 8-12 in the central province of Nghe An, they noted.

VNA leader Nguyen Duc Loi thanked the KPL for supporting the VNA’s representative office in Vientiane to fulfil its tasks.

Following the talks, the two leaders signed the minutes of the talks.

The same day, the KPL delegation visited and worked with the Domestic News Department and online newspaper VietnamPlus.  

They are scheduled to pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and visit the northern province of Lao Cai.

The VNA and KPL have enjoyed a longstanding partnership, which began from the past struggle for national independence and last till the current national construction. Their close coordination has contributed to the development of the friendship between the two Parties, States and peoples.-VNA