Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Lao counterpart Chummaly Sayasone signed a declaration on strategic partnership between the two countries in Moscow on Oct. 13.

The declaration, which was approved following talks between the two leaders, says Russia and Laos support international efforts for the early resumption of six-party talks on the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea , as well as political and peaceful solutions to the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.

Both sides held that the establishment of a nuclear-free area in Southeast Asia will significantly contribute to regional security and enhance regulations on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

On the occasion, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a number of cooperative agreements between the two countries in justice and healthcare and a programme of joint actions in the sphere of tourism for 2012-2014./.