Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong chaired a grand welcome ceremony for Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith on December 19. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong chaired a grand welcome ceremony for General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith in Hanoi on December 19.

The three-day visit is from December 19 made at the invitation of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang with a view to promoting the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

This is the second official friendly visit of the Lao leader during his tenure (2016-2021). 

The visit is also expected to strengthen solidarity and political trust between the two Parties and countries. This is also a chance for Vietnam to affirm support to Laos during its cause of national defence and development.

The Vietnam-Laos relationship has been growing in all fields.

Bilateral political relations have been promoted, with high-level meetings regularly organised and collaboration mechanisms constantly strengthened.

Both sides have worked together closely in popularising the Vietnam-Laos ties and holding celebrations of the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and 40 years of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.

Defence-security and external relation partnership has been fruitful. Vietnam and Laos have coordinated to build a shared border of stability and sustainable development. They have completed a joint project to upgrade and build more border markers, with 1,002 markers upgraded and built.
  
The two countries’ governments have also finalised legal procedures for a protocol on land border.

Two-way trade reached 720.4 million USD this year to October, up 8.7 percent over the same period last year, with Vietnam’s exports hitting 426.2 million USD, a year on year rise of 12.4 percent.

After the welcome ceremony, Vietnamese and Lao leaders held talks.-VNA