Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (L) and Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith (Photo: VNA)
 
Vientiane (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has expressed his belief that under the sound leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), the Lao people will successfully realise the goals set by the Resolution of the 10th National Party Congress, and the 2016-2020 socio-economic development plan.

He made the statement during meetings with Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith and Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou in Vientiane on June 25.

The Lao leaders congratulated Vietnam on winning a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure with record approval votes.

They believed that with the non-permanent membership in the UNSC and the ASEAN Chair by 2020, Vietnam will affirm its increasingly important role in ASEAN, the region and the world.

Talking to the Lao PM, Dung wished that the Lao government would facilitate regular exchange of high-level visits via different channels, promote result-oriented cooperation in diverse areas, and continue implementing agreements of the two countries, especially the outcomes of the 41st meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee.

He suggested continuing to enforce border agreements, including the one on the settlement of free immigration and unregistered marriages, and coordinate to search for and repatriate remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts lying down their lives in Laos during the war.

PM Sisoulith vowed to offer all possible support to Vietnamese enterprises doing business in Laos, soon hold the second business dialogue between the Lao PM and Vietnamese firms, and speed up the pace of joint key projects such as the Luang Prabang and Nammo hydropower plants and Hanoi – Vientiane expressway.

The host asked the Vietnamese government to continue encouraging firms to invest in Laos in high-tech agriculture and aviation.

At the meeting with NA Chairwoman Yathotou, Deputy PM Dung reported the progress of the construction of the new Lao NA House, affirming that the Vietnamese government attaches importance to the project and wants to coordinate with Laos to deal with arising difficulties in order to ensure the project will be completed on schedule.

Dung asked the top Lao legislator to push for the facilitation of Vietnam’s projects in Laos and the effective implementation of high-level agreements between the two governments.

Yathotou, for her part, pledged to liaison closely with the Vietnamese NA when Vietnam assumes the role of ASEAN Chair and Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) by 2020.-VNA