Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Zathotou received Vietnamese Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong in Vientiane on July 30.

At the meeting, the Lao leaders praised Vietnam’s judicial support to Laos, saying that Laos is preparing for joining the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 with many in-depth cooperation programmes, the country hopes to receive more assistance from Vietnam, especially in training judicial personnel well as experience and information sharing.

For his part, Justice Minister Cuong thanked Lao leaders for their warm welcome and said he is pleased at the legal and judicial partnership between the two countries, which is growing in an effective and practical manner.

He briefed his hosts on the major socio-economic issues in Vietnam and the outcomes of his talks with his counterpart Chaluern Ziapaoher as well as the results of the second judicial conference between border provinces of Vietnam and Laos .

Cuong stated that the two sides agreed to beef up cooperation and create all possible conditions for local people in border provinces of the two countries to enjoy stable and prosperous lives, building a borderline of peace and development together.

The minister also expressed his belief that the Lao NA will successfully perform its role as the Chair of the 35 th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) slated for September this year.

Both PM Thongsing Thammavong and NA Chairwoman Pany Zathotou pledged that the Lao Party, State and people will spare no efforts to join hands with Vietnam to further consolidate and boost the Lao-Vietnam traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation.-VNA