Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Laotian counterpart Thongsing Thammavong have agreed that the governments of the two countries will keep giving top priority to the promotion of their countries’ special relations.
They reached the agreement during their talks in Vientiane on September 14 to discuss measures to beef up comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The talks took place after the Vietnamese government chief arrived in Laos on Sunday for a two-day visit at the invitation of PM Thammavong. The host and guest expressed their delight at the growing traditional friendship, special solidarity and all-around cooperation between the two countries.
They pledged to maintain and develop mutual trust in their political partnerships, and strengthen exchanges of high-level delegations in the future. Bilateral trade has gradually increased in recent years, and the two countries will effectively implement the new trade agreement and the pact on the cross-border trade of goods and services to push two-way turnover to US$2 billion this year, the two leaders said.
Currently, Vietnam is one of the biggest investors in Laos, while cooperation in culture, education, training, science-technology, transport and agriculture has also been boosted.
The two leaders also discussed measures to support Vietnamese and Lao enterprises to run investment projects in the respective countries, including the construction of bonded warehouses and oil pipelines from the Hon La port in the Vietnamese province of Quang Binh to the Lao province of Khammouane.
They concurred to enhance transport connections, including an expressway linking Vientiane and Hanoi and a route in Laos that connects Phuthitphong in Luang Prabang Province to Naxon, which borders Dien Bien Dong District of the northern Vietnamese province of Dien Bien. The two sides consented to promote their cooperative ties at regional and international forums, especially within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to maintain the ASEAN’s common stance on important issues in the region, including those on the East Vietnam Sea.
After their talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation in transport between the two countries in the 2016-25 period, with a vision toward 2030.