Hanoi (VNA) - Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan had a meeting on December 6 with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith who is on a Vietnam’s visit to attend the 43rd meeting of the Vietnam-Lao Inter-Governmental Committee.
The top legislator lauded the outcomes of the inter-governmental committee’s meeting, with the signing of 17 cooperative documents, and outlining of cooperative strategies in the next 5-10 years.

She congratulated the Lao Party, State and people on their socio-economic achievements in the recent past amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, expressing her strong belief that Laos will successfully carry out its socio-economic development plan during 2020-2015, and organise the 11th national congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party in 2021.

The Lao PM, for his part, thanked Vietnam for organising the ceremony to mark 45th anniversary of the Lao National Day, and 100th birthday of late Lao President Kaysone Phomvihane on December 2.

Ngan and the Lao PM shared the outcomes of the recent sittings of the two parliaments, and talked about preparations for the election of deputies to the National Assembly and all-level People’s Council in Vietnam.

She stressed both Vietnam and Laos have promoted effective cooperation across various sectors amidst pandemic, and thanked Laos for organising activities in celebrations of Vietnam’s important events and the bilateral relations.

Touching on the parliamentary ties, Ngan spoke highly of the two parliaments’ cooperation, particularly at the regional and international forums such as IPU and APPF. She took the occasion to thank Laos for its support and participation in ASEAN and AIPA activities chaired by Vietnam in 2020.

The Vietnamese National Assembly will coordinate with the Lao side to create favourable conditions for the two governments to carry out high-level agreements, and enhance supervision of the implementation of the deals, she said, stressing the Vietnamese National Assembly will work to ensure key projects between the two nations complete in line with schedule, including the Lao National Assembly building.

She affirmed that the Vietnamese National Assembly attaches much importance to improving cooperation efficiency in the fields of economy, trade, investment, and education-training, as well as pushing the implementation of key projects between the two nations.

The Lao PM spoke highly of Vietnam in the roles of the ASEAN Chair and AIPA 41 Chair in 2020.

Both sides agreed that it is important to raise young people’s awareness of the sound traditional relations between the two countries, saying it helps unceasingly consolidate the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation in the coming time./.