Vietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will pay an official visit to Laos on Wednesday and Thursday at the invitation of his Laotian counterpart Sonexay Siphandone, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday.
Siphandone’s invitation came shortly after his election late last month.
The visit will be PM Chinh’s first to Laos since he took office in 2021. He will be also the first leader of a foreign country to visit Laos this year.
Vietnamese PM Chinh and his Laotian counterpart Siphandone will co-chair the 45th meeting of the Vietnam–Laos Inter-Governmental Committee, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition, PM Chinh will meet with leaders of the Party, State, and National Assembly of Laos.
He will attend a Vietnam-Laos investment cooperation conference, visit the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos, and hold meetings with Vietnamese people living in Laos.
His working trip takes place amid the sustainable development of the partnership between the two countries.
The two sides celebrated the 60th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic relations and 45 years of the Viet Nam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 2022.
Cooperation in national defense and security remains a key pillar in their relationship, while their collaboration in economy, trade, and investment has been boosted.
The two countries’ bilateral trade reached over US$1.4 billion in the January-October period last year.
Vietnam is currently the third-largest foreign investor in Laos with 217 projects which have a total investment of some $4.7 billion.
In January-September last year, Laos welcomed nearly 197,000 Vietnamese tourists, while almost 26,000 Laotian travelers visited Vietnam.