Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on March 12 held talks with Lao Party General Secretary cum President Choummaly Sayasone on the sidelines of the ongoing regional cooperation summits in Laos .

Dung affirmed that the Party, State, Government and people of Vietnam always stand side by side with Laos , wishing a prosperous development for the host country and a happy life for its people.

The Vietnamese Government will instruct relevant ministries, agencies and localities to actively join hands with their counterparts to implement the agreements reached by leaders of both countries, so as to create obvious improvements in the bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and investment, Dung said.

The Vietnamese leader congratulated the Lao people on their achievements on internal and international affairs under the sound leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, which help lift up Lao position and prestige in the regional and international arena.

For his part, Choummaly Sayasone thanked the Vietnamese side for the close coordination and spoke highly of the country’s role in those summits.

He expressed delight at the further development in the bilateral ties and highly valued the practical activities jointly held by the two sides to mark the Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam 2012 Friendship and Solidarity Year which helps the two peoples, especially the youth, gain more profound understanding on the two counties’ ties.

The same day, Prime Minister Dung also met with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

During these talks, leaders of the three countries agreed on ensuring the environment and security of the Mekong River ’s water. They also agreed to continue coordinating and supporting the common stance of ASEAN as stated in the six-point principles on the East Sea.-VNA