Viet Nam and Laos have always attached importance and given priority to consolidating and boosting their special friendship and comprehensive co-operation.
Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Sayasone and President Nguyen Minh Triet affirmed the two countries' relationship during a dialogue yesterday after Triet arrived in Vientiane to begin his three-day visit in Laos.
Chummaly Sayasone applauded Viet Nam's important socio-economic development achievements, its success in overcoming the negative effects of the global economic recession and reaching a growth rate of 6.2 per cent during the first half of this year.
The Lao president said he also highly valued the country's prominent role and contributions that it made in the regional and international arena as the ASEAN Chair. Sayasone said he appreciated the close co-operation between ministries, agencies and localities that the two countries have shared during the implementation of agreements signed by their high-ranking leaders as well as co-operation agreements between the two Governments.
After thanking Chummaly Sayasone and other Laos leaders for their warm welcome, Triet said he believed that his trip would contribute to fostering the friendship and comprehensive co-operation between the two Parties, two States and two peoples.
The Vietnamese president said he was glad to see Laos' political stability, secured national defence and security, high economic growth, improved education system and the people's enhanced living standards.
During the meeting, the two leaders expressed their pleasure with the development of their economic co-operation that had brought many practical benefits. Viet Nam has always been one of Laos' leading investors. Viet Nam has implemented 219 projects worth more than US$2.4 billion in the country.
Sayasone and Triet highly appreciated the bilateral co-operation in education and training in the past. The two leaders agreed to promptly complete the project, "Improving the quality and efficiency of Viet-Laos co-operation in education and human resource development", that established the Vietnamese Faculty at the Lao National University and built a secondary school in Luang Phrabang, which was a gift from Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh.
The two countries will continue to join hands closely in health care, agriculture and rural development, infrastructure construction, tourism, culture and telecommunications.
The two leaders agreed to boost co-operation in national defence and security, cross-border crime prevention; building a peaceful, friendly and co-operative border line; speeding up the project of upgrading a landmark system; setting up a Viet Nam-Laos airline joint venture; implementing the project to compile the history of the Viet Nam-Laos special relationship; building the President Ho Chi Minh commemorative area in Laos; facilitating commodity transit and taking measures to increase bilateral trade value.
The two sides also exchanged views of recent regional and international issues of mutual concern; expressed their pleasure at the mutual assistance in foreign affairs activities, information sharing and opinion consulting in UN, ASEAN, AIPA and other international and regional forums.
On this occasion, President Triet invited Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Sayasone and his wife to pay an official visit to Viet Nam at their convenience. Sayasone accepted the invitation.
The same day, Triet met with Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Buaphavanh, Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Thongsing Thammavong and Chairman of the Lao Front for National Construction Sisavath Keobounphan.
Triet thanked Laos for its support for Viet Nam as it holds the 2010 ASEAN and AIPA Chairs, and expressed his wish that Lao leaders would advocate for Viet Nam's initiatives in the ASEAN forum. He affirmed that Viet Nam always supported Laos' bid to become a member of APEC and the World Trade Organisation.
During his talk with Prime Minister Buaphavanh, Triet suggested that the Lao Government should increase its examination and supervision to ensure that Viet Nam's investment projects in Laos would be seriously and efficiently implemented.
Triet and Buaphavanh agreed that the two Governments should speed up the implementation of high-ranking agreements; continue creating favourable conditions for co-operation between ministries, localities and enterprises of the two countries; and jointly build measures to exploit the potentials and strengths of each country.
In his meeting with Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Thammavong, Triet said that the two National Assemblies should increase experience exchanges in building laws, supervision and making decisions on national issues.
Thammavong affirmed that the Lao National Assembly would support and closely co-ordinate with its Vietnamese counterpart in the international and regional inter-parliamentary forum.
Triet and Chairman of the Lao Front for National Construction Keobounphan expressed their hope that the Viet Nam Fatherland Front and the Lao Front for National Construction would boost co-operation, exchange information and help each other educate their staff to contribute to the consolidation of both countries' great national unity, and national construction and protection.
President Triet also attended the "Experience, potentials and opportunities for Vietnamese investors in Laos" workshop.
Later the day, Triet met with Chairman of the Laos-Viet Nam Friendship Association Phankham Viphavan and attended the opening ceremony of the Voice of Viet Nam's representative office in Laos. — VNS