Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) ​and General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with visiting General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith in Hanoi on December 19.

The Lao Party and State leader is in Vietnam for an official friendly visit from December 19-21 at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang.

PM Phuc expressed joy at the success of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year 2017, saying that the Governments of both countries have guided their ministries, sectors, localities and businesses in implementing Vietnam-Laos joint statements, agreements reached by their leaders, and cooperative pacts, programmes and plans, contributing to political stability, socio-economic development and international integration of each country.

Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith commended the two governments for their close coordination and effective work in assessing bilateral cooperation and addressing obstacles in the implementation of key cooperative projects as well as outstanding problems in bilateral ties.

He urged the two governments to continue with their strong leadership of the implementation of bilateral agreements to foster the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

In particular, the Lao leader requested that Vietnam promote cooperation with Laos in agriculture, and expressed thanks to Vietnam for allowing land-locked Laos to use its Vung Ang Port for economic development.

In reply, PM Phuc affirmed that the Vietnamese Government will actively carry out bilateral agreements and take effective measures to remove obstacles in bilateral economic cooperation.

He took the occasion to thank the Lao Party and State for their sympathy and timely support for flood and storm victims in Vietnam’s central localities.-VNA