General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and Lao President Chummaly Saynhasone received visiting Director of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan in Vientiane , Laos , on June 22.

The Vietnamese Party official congratulated the Lao Party, State and people for the important achievements they made in the first year of implementing the Resolution of the IXth Congress of the LPRP.

Quan said he hopes the Lao people will successfully implement the Resolution of the IXth Party Congress and the five-year socio-economic development plan for the 2011-2015 period.

Vietnam will exert its utmost to foster the in-depth, effective and practical development of the special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos for the interest of the people and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, he said.

The Lao Party and State leader highlighted the results of talks and cooperation between the two Parties’ commissions, active contributions by the two commissions to promoting the Laos-Vietnam comprehensive cooperation.

Chummaly Saynhasone said he hopes the two commissions will enhance exchange of information and experiences and increase mutual assistance to successfully implement each Party’s external policy as well as coordinate to organise well the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year in 2012.

The Lao Party, State and people will do their best to enhance the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam , he said.

Earlier the same day, Director of the CPVCC Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan held talks with Head of the LPRP Commission for External Relations, Thongloun Sisoulith, who is also a Party Politburo member, Lao Deputy PM and FM, in Vientiane.

Both sides informed each other of the situations in their respective country and Party and exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern.

They discussed specific measures to implement agreements reached between the two Parties and States and the content of the programme for the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year.

During the visit from June 22-26, the Vietnamese delegation will hold working sessions with a number of Lao ministries and sectors on the implementation of high-ranking agreements and the Vietnam-Laos agreement on cooperation in economics, culture, education, science and technology.

They are scheduled to visit Vientiane province and inspect the implementation of a number of Vietnam-funded projects for