Vietnam, Laos pledge to give highest priority to bilateral ties hinh anh 1At the signing ceremony (Source: VNA)
Vientiane (VNA)Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung and his Lao counterpart Sonsay Siphandone pledged to give the highest priority to fostering traditional friendship and special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos during their talks in Vientiane on October 5.

At the talks, held during Deputy PM Dung’s visit to Laos from October 5-6, the Vietnamese Deputy PM expressed his belief that the Lao Party, State, government and people will successfully realise the resolution adopted by the 10th National Party Congress and the eighth five-year socio-economic development plan for 2016-2020.

The two sides agreed to organize grand celebrations of the 55 th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and the 40 th anniversary of the signing of Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

They vowed to continue realising high-level agreements and the outcomes of the 38 th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Bilateral Cooperation, the Vietnam-Laos cooperation agreement for 2016-2020 and the Joint Declaration issued during Lao Party Secretary General and President Bounnhang Volachith’s visit to Vietnam.

The two officials reached consensus on making thorough preparations for the upcoming 39 th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Bilateral Cooperation, adding that the two countries will continue facilitating high-level visits and exchanges, as well as the sharing of experience in socio-economic development in each country.

To further enhance economic link, the two sides will discuss measures to remove difficulties for Vietnamese businesses’ investment projects in Laos, while reviewing the implementation of cooperation agreements in the fields of energy, mineral resources and industry, in order to make timely adjustments to those agreements.

Concluding the talks, host and guest signed an agreement between the two governments on developing power projects in Laos and electricity purchase until 2030. They also witnessed the signing of four agreements between relevant agencies and localities.

The same day, Deputy PM Dung paid courtesy calls to Lao Party Secretary General and President Bounhang Volachith and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith to inform them about the outcomes of the talks.

The Lao leaders hailed the two countries’ ministries, agencies, localities and businesses for carrying out agreements.

They conveyed thanks to the Vietnamese Party, State, government and people for their valuable support in Laos’ national liberation in the past, as well as the national development at present.-VNA