Vietnam will support Laos to successfully perform the role as ASEAN chair in 2016, affirmed State President Truong Tan Sang during a reception for Lao Minister to the President’s Office Phongsavath Boupha in Hanoi on August 5.

President Truong Tan Sang thanked Lao Presidential officials for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to invest in the country, adding that their visit to Vietnam will contribute to tightening the traditional relations between the two countries.

The President said that as party congresses at all levels are set to take place in the two nations, two sides should share experiences to organise successful events.

For his part, the Lao Minister to the President’s Office extended his sympathies over the great loss of lives and properties caused by torrential rains and floods in Vietnam’s northern regions, saying that with the leadership of the Party and State, the affected localities will soon overcome difficulties and stabilise their livelihoods.

He hoped that the Vietnamese Presidential Office would help the Lao Office in website development and share experience in popularising the Presidential Office’s activities among residents nationwide.-VNA