General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith (L) and General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith and the Lao high-ranking delegation left the central province of Nghe An on December 21 and concluded the official friendly visit to Vietnam from December 19-21.

During his stay in Vietnam, the Lao leader held talks with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and had a meeting with President Tran Dai Quang before announcing the ending of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017.

He also met Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and visited some former Party and State leaders of Vietnam. He also hosted receptions for leaders of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association and Vietnamese former voluntary soldiers and experts in Laos, Vietnamese youngsters, and Lao students in Vietnam.

He visited some economic and cultural facilities of Hanoi, Nghe An and the Military Zone 4 Headquarters. He also laid flowers at the Martyrs’ Monument in Hanoi and paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at the late leaders’ mausoleum as well as the Kim Lien Historical Relic Site in Nghe An’s Nam Dan district.

At the meetings, the two sides pledged to continue to inherit and promote the tradition to protect and develop the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, State and people, considering it as a matter of vital importance to the future of the two nations.

They agreed on orientations and measures to continue boosting bilateral relations and working closely together to effectively implement agreements between the two countries. The will maintain regular meetings between Party and State leaders, while enhancing the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation mechanisms and expanding partnership as well as fostering relations between ministries, organisations and localities of both sides.

Vietnam and Laos will also strengthen communications, especially among youngsters, on the special ties of Vietnam and Laos.

They concurred to improve the effectiveness of cooperation in economy, investment, trade, culture, education and training, health care and science-technology, as well as defence and security, while supporting citizens of each other. The two countries will also coordinate closely at regional and international forums.

They also highlighted the need to maintain peace, stability, security and safety in the East Sea.

The same day, General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith sent a message to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang expressing his thanks for Vietnam’s warm welcome to him and the Lao delegation.

He said he believes that the outcomes of the Laos-Vietnam, Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017 as well as discussions of leaders of the two countries will help boost bilateral ties, benefiting their people.

He also expressed his wish that the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos will be ever green and stable.-VNA