Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith (R) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a bilateral meeting on December 16 on the sidelines of the 4th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Luang Prabang, northern Laos.

Speaking highly of the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership, the two officials said that the Laos-China cooperation is now at its best, with regular visits by high-ranking delegations from both sides.

The two countries are accelerating the implementation of the signed agreements, including the construction of Laos-China railway, they added.

Wang Yi and Saleumxay Kommasith reached consensus on urging competent authorities to complete a master plan on building the Laos-China partnership and the Laos-China economic corridor for signing during the General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party’s visit to China in April 2019.

They lauded sound collaboration between the two foreign ministries, saying that it helps elevate the positions of Laos and China, contributing to maintaining peace, stability and cooperation for regional and international sustainable development.

The two sides also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest, affirming to further cooperation in regional and sub-regional cooperation frameworks, especially the Mekong-Lancang cooperation and ASEAN-China cooperation.

On the occasion, the Lao foreign minister thanked China for supporting the Southeast Asian country in implementing projects under the two cooperation frameworks.

Both sides should coordinate closely in preparing for the upcoming visit of the Lao Party General Secretary while working to give international status to the Khang district border gate.

The FMs witnessed the signing of two deals on Lao-Chinese interpreter training and construction of the Naxaithong secondary and high schools.-VNA