President Choummaly Sayasone and President Nguyen Minh Triet have expressed their delight at the fine development of the special, traditional friendship between Vietnam and Laos which has grown stronger and more substantive and effective in recent years.
During their talks in Vientiane on August 24, the two leaders noted with satisfaction the consolidated mutual trust and close relations between the two countries as demonstrated through the many exchange visits by senior leaders and meetings of ministries, sectors and organisations.
They affirmed their determination to develop the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation, considering it an invaluable asset that should be preserved and handed down to younger generations.
The two leaders said they are happy to witness the positive developments in bilateral economic relations which have benefited both countries.
Vietnam is one of the leading investors in Laos with 219 licensed projects worth US$2.4 billion in total investment capital.
Acknowledging the encouraging results in bilateral cooperation in education and training, they agreed to increase the efficiency of such cooperation in education and human resources development and implement a project to set up a Vietnamese language faculty at the Lao National University in the near future.
They consented to build a secondary school in Luang Prabang- a gift from Vietnamese Party leader Nong Duc Manh- and to carry out a number of joint educational projects. They also agreed to promote cooperation in health care, agriculture, rural development, infrastructure development, tourism, culture, post and telecommunications, national security and cross-border crime control.
Both sides agreed to accelerate the planting of border markers, establishment of a Vietnam-Laos Aviation Joint Venture and implementation of other cooperation projects as well as taking specific measures to raise two-way trade turnover to a higher level in the future.
They appreciated both countries’ efforts to organise major anniversary celebrations in 2010 and compared notes on international and regional issues of common concern. They also hailed the close cooperation and mutual support between Vietnam and Laos in external affairs, information sharing and consultations at major international and regional forums such as the UN, ASEAN and AIPA.
President Triet took this occasion to invite President Sayasone and his wife to visit Vietnam at a convenient time and his invitation was accepted with pleasure.
The same day, Mr Triet met with Lao Prime Minister Buasone Bouphavanh, Chairman of the Laos National Assembly Thongsing Thammavong, and Chairman of the Patriotic Front of Laos (PFL) Sisavat Keobunphan.
At the meeting, the Lao leaders praised Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements in recent years and said they would do their utmost to foster the time-honoured friendship and all-round cooperation between the two countries.
They emphasised that the Government, National Assembly and Patriotic Front of Laos will cooperate closely to implement all the agreements reached by the leaders of the two countries to bring the Vietnam-Lao relationship to a new height.
The Lao leaders thanked Vietnam for helping their people weather the global economic crisis and promote regional and international integration while praising Vietnamese-invested projects in Laos that aim to boost socio-economic development, tap its potential and advantages, and ensure social welfare.
President Triet said Vietnam will continue to provide support and valuable assistance to Laos for its national construction and defense and is willing to share its experience in economic development, poverty reduction and international integration.
Mr Triet spoke highly of the establishment of the Vietnam-Lao Vung Ang Port Joint Stock Company and reiterated Vietnam’s determination to build a common borderline of stability, peace, friendship, cooperation and development.
On the occasion, Mr Triet laid a wreath at Unknown Martyrs Memorial, met with representatives from the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association and attended a round-table discussion on experiences, potential and investment opportunities for Vietnam and Laos.
He also attended the inauguration ceremony of the Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) Bureau in Vientiane.
Later in the day, the Lao President hosted a banquet in honour of Mr Triet, his wife and the Vietnamese delegations.
President Triet began an official visit to Laos on August 24.