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Vietnam & Laos to deepen bilateral partnership

Released at: 09:33, 25/02/2019

Vietnam & Laos to deepen bilateral partnership

The top leaders of Vietnam and Laos witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents between the two countries (Photo: VNA)

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong paying official friendly visit to Laos on February 24-25.

by Long Van

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in the Lao capital of Vientiane on February 24 for a two-day official friendly visit to Laos at the invitation of Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith.

This is Mr. Trong’s first overseas trip since becoming State President in October last year.

According to a report from the Vietnam News Agency, during their talks in Vientiane on the same day, the two leaders pledged to continuously consolidate and develop the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States, and people of Vietnam and Laos.

They also agreed to step up Vietnam-Laos comprehensive cooperation on the principles of equality and mutual benefit, with priorities given to each other that are suitable with the special relationship.

The two sides will also forge affiliations in economics, culture, education and training, healthcare, and science and technology, while creating a more favorable legal corridor for cooperation across spheres.

The Vietnamese and Lao economies should support each other, particularly in transport, electricity, telecommunications, and tourism, they said, emphasizing that cooperation in high-quality human resources development should receive more attention from both sides.

The leaders noted with pleasure that Vietnam and Laos have shared united views on regional and international issues. They held that the two sides should continue their close coordination and mutual support, especially within the cooperation framework of ASEAN, the UN, and Mekong Sub-region mechanisms.

The two countries will join hands to sustainably use and manage Mekong River water resources and tighten cooperation as well as coordination with third parties within the framework of the East-West Corridor and other multilateral cooperation programs and projects, the leaders promised.

Both highlighted the significance of maintaining peace, stability, security, and safety in the East Sea, supported ASEAN’s role and principles, and agreed to promote the settlement of disputes in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They affirmed that Vietnam and Laos will join hands with relevant sides to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the East Sea and soon reach a practical and effective Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea, thus contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.

Mr. Trong thanked Laos for backing Vietnam’s bid to run for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure and the country’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.

Following the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents between ministries and agencies of the two countries, including a cooperation agreement between the two finance ministries for the 2019-2020 period, a cooperation agreement on developing power and mining projects between the two governments, and another agreement between the two governments on building and exploiting a railway line between Vung Ang sea port in Vietnam’s north-central province of Ha Tinh and Vientiane.

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