Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue met with General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith and Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone in Vientiane on Monday, as part of his trip to attend the first Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Parliamentary Summit and visit the neighboring country through Thursday.
At a meeting with Lao Party chief and State President Thongloun Sisoulith, NA Chairman Hue extended congratulations to Laos on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of Laos' National Day (December 2, 1975 - 2023) and on the achievements that the people of Laos had achieved through hardship to maintain the stability of their country’s security, politics, and economy.
Hailing the positive outcomes in the Vietnam-Laos relations, the top Lao official expressed his desire that Vietnam would continue calling on its businesses to expand investment in Laos.
The two leaders affirmed that both countries will sustain their cooperation and mutual support at international and regional forums. This commitment extends particularly to events organized by the United Nations (UN) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as in sub-regional cooperation mechanisms.
Vietnam pledged to give maximum support to Laos to fulfill its role as the chair of ASEAN and ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in 2024, helping enhance the role and position of Laos in the region and the world.
|Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (L) shakes hands with Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone during their meeting in Vientiane, December 4, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency
During another meeting between NA Chairman Hue and PM Sonexay Siphandone, the Lao government leader said Hue’s ongoing visit would help foster the two countries’ great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation.
The Lao PM lauded Vietnamese budget carrier Vietjet’s recent launch of a direct air service between Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane, with four weekly flights starting from early next year.
Hue emphasized Vietnam’s consistent stance on giving top priority to its unique traditional relationship with Laos.
He also highlighted Vietnam’s wish to welcome the Lao PM to visit the country and co-chair the 46th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos inter-governmental committee.
The two countries should cooperate in three key sectors, including large-scale hi-tech agriculture, renewable energy, and mineral exploitation, he recommended.
The top Vietnamese legislator also visited former Lao Party chief and State President Bounnhang Vorachith and former Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong in Vientiane.