Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc gave a reception for Minister to the Presidential Office of Laos Phongsavath Boupha in Hanoi on September 29.

The Deputy PM highly valued the outcomes of working sessions between the Minister Phongsavath Boupha, who is also head of the national steering committee on human rights, and key officials of Vietnamese ministries and agencies.

He said that information shared between the two sides would contribute to each country’s human rights work and pave the way for the two steering committees to build and promote long-term cooperation in solving issues of common concern on human rights in particularly as well as strengthening cooperation and mutual assistance in regional and international arena.

He affirmed the Vietnamese Party and Government’s consistent policy of bettering citizens’ basic rights of freedom towards the building of a democratic, equal and civilised society, and a State of the people, by the people and for the people.

The Vietnamese official expressed his hope that through working sessions and meetings, the two sides will discuss and share experience in dealing with issues related to human rights as they are still facing numerous challenges on ensuring human rights for vulnerable groups, improving gender equality and narrowing gap between the rich and the poor.

The guest spoke highly of Vietnam’s achievements in respecting and ensuring human rights.

Experience shared by Vietnamese offices will help Laos better its work of boosting human rights in all political, socio-economic and cultural affairs, he said.

Earlier, the Lao guest was received by Head of the Vietnamese Presidential Office Dao Viet Trung.-VNA