President Tran Dai Quang (R) receives Lao National Assembly Vice Chairman Sengnouane Xayalath (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang hosted a reception for Lao National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairman Sengnouane Xayalath in Hanoi on July 18, during which he hailed the effective partnership between the legislatures of the two nations.

The State leader praised Laos’s important achievements, especially in socio-economic development, defence, security, foreign affairs, which have improved living conditions of the Lao people and raised the country’s position in the region and the international arena.

He congratulated Laos on the success of the sixth meeting of the 10th Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the fifth session of the 8th National Assembly.

Showing his delight at the development of the Vietnam-Laos traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, President Quang said that he is pleased at the effective partnership between the two legislative agencies through the exchange of information and experience in legislation, supervision and deciding important issues of each country.

The two sides have coordinated very well in their external affairs, especially in the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), the International Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), thus helping to promote peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

For his part, Sengnouane Xayalath briefed his host on the major outcomes of cooperation between the NAs of Vietnam and Laos over the past years, along with orientations for the expansion of cooperation areas in the future and the sharing of NA supervision activities.

The two sides have agreed on a plan to monitor and examine issues related to free migrants and undocumented marriage in border localities of the two countries, he said, adding that they will also review the bilateral cooperation between the two NAs and regional and international parliamentary forums.

On the occasion, the Lao NA Vice Chairman thanked the Party, State, and NA of Vietnam for funding the construction of a new National Assembly House for Laos, saying that the present shows the close sentiment between the two countries.

President Quang expressed his delight at the outcomes of the earlier talks and meetings between Sengnouane Xayalath and Vietnamese leaders, stressing that the reached agreements are an important foundation for Vietnam and Laos to deepen bilateral relations in a more practical manner.

Consenting to the orientations for the expansion of cooperation between the two NAs, the President said the two sides should not only step up the exchange of experiences in legislation and supervision but also strengthen coordination in regional and international multilateral parliamentary forums.

He suggested the two legislatures focus on enhancing supervision and facilitating investment cooperation projects between the two countries, thus serving the socio-economic development in both nations, while supporting necessary amendments in policies, mechanisms and laws to promote the bilateral partnership in trade and investment.

The two sides should work closely together to speed up the effective implementation of a memorandum of understanding on the National Assembly House of Laos to ensure the quality and progress of the project, he said.

President Quang asked the two sides to increase people-to-people exchanges to promote the achievements of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017, while increasing communications, especially among the youth, about the loyal relations between Vietnam and Laos, which he described as a rare relationship and a invaluable asset of both nations as well as a foundation for the two countries to thrive together.-VNA