Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on Mar 16 said that Vietnam will continue raising relations with Laos to a higher level in the interest of the two countries and for regional peace, stability and development.
He made this statement while receiving a Politburo member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee, Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith who is on a visit to Vietnam to co-chair the sixth friendship meeting between the two countries' ministries of foreign affairs.
Trong highly valued the cooperation between the two ministries in recent years, expressing his belief that they will continue to coordinate closely to boost information and experience exchanges and implement cooperation agreements reached by their parties and governments.
He suggested that the two ministries work together to organise events and festivals to celebrate the Year of Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship 2012.
Thongloun Sisoulith conveyed the warmest regards from Lao Party General Secretary cum State President Choummaly Sayasone to Party General Secretary Trong.
He emphasised that the Lao Party, State and people will make efforts to develop long-lasting relations between the two countries.
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also received Thongloun Sisoulith.
Dung expressed his hope that Laos and Vietnam's foreign affairs ministries would strengthen their cooperative activities to contribute to developing not only their bilateral relations but also their relations with other ASEAN countries.
He also affirmed that Vietnam is willing to assist Laos in hosting international meetings.
Thongloun Sisoulith said that he hopes Vietnam will continue sharing experiences in socio-economic development and suggested that they should boost exchange visits between officials at all levels and pay attention to educating their younger generations about the two countries' traditional relations and solidarity.-VNA