Vientiane (VNA) – Politburo member and National Assembly
Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong has visited
Laos to attend activities to mark the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic
ties and 40 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and
On July 17, the Vietnamese official was received by Lao Party
General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith, Prime Minister Thongloun
Sisoulith and National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou.
At the meetings, Phong congratulated Laos on great
achievements that the country has gained over the past years, especially after more
than one year of implementing the resolution of the Lao People’s Revolutionary
Party (LPRP)’s 10th Congress.
She expressed her belief that under the leadership of the
LPRP, Laos will reap more successes in its reform process.
She thanked the Lao side for supporting Vietnam during the
past struggle for independence and the current national construction, while briefing
the hosts on her country’s current situation.
She suggested that both sides effectively direct ministries,
sectors and localities to actively coordinate with each other to realise agreements
reached by their high-ranking leaders, thus fostering bilateral political ties.
They should also share experience in Party and political system building,
socio-economic development and international integration.
The two sides need to work closely together in defence-security
and external relations, continue removing obstacles to improve the
effectiveness of bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation, she
The Lao leaders said that the Vietnamese delegation’s visit
to attend the celebration of special events of both countries shows the special
solidarity between Vietnam and Laos.
They said Vietnam’s attainments gained after one year of implementing
the resolution of the 12th Party Congress are great encouragements
for Laos, while showing gratitude to Vietnam’s assistance for Laos through
They spoke highly of the two sides’ close coordination in carrying
out agreements reached by their Parties and governments.
Both hosts and guests expressed their pleasure at the
growing and effective special solidarity and comprehensive partnership between
Vietnam and Laos in all fields, which benefits their people and contributes to
peace, stability, cooperation and development in Southeast Asia and the world.
The two sides also reiterated their determination to stand
side by side in preserving, fostering and developing the Vietnam-Laos special
solidarity and passing it to younger generations.-VNA