Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his entourage on March 12 arrived in Vientiane, Laos , to attend summits slated for March 12-15 to foster regional cooperation.

During his stay in Laos at the invitation of Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Dung will attend the 6th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit (CLMV 6), the 5th Ayeyawadi-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit (ACMECS 5), and the talks between ACMEC leaders and business representatives.

He will also chair the 7th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Summit (CLV 7) and visit some northern provinces of Laos.

After his arrival, Dung held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen, during which the leaders discussed ways to boost the two countries’ cooperation in various areas.

Both sides noted with joy the fruitful development in the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries over the past time, especially in economics, trade, investment and tourism.

To date, Vietnam has 116 investment projects in Cambodia, focusing on telecommunications, electricity, mining, agriculture, and rubber planting and processing.

Last year, the two countries enjoyed a bilateral trade turnover of 3.3 billion USD, representing a year-on-year of 18 percent.

The two PMs spoke highly of the joint successful organisation of activities marking the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2012 and the 45th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties.

These activities have helped raise public awareness, especially among young generations, of the traditional friendship, cooperation and mutual support between the two fraternal peoples, they noted.

They compared notes on a number of cooperation areas and ways to enhance the bilateral ties in the coming time.

On this occasion, Dung invited Hun Sen to visit Vietnam at a convenient time this year.-VNA