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PM hosts Lao counterpart

Released at: 20:33, 02/10/2019

PM hosts Lao counterpart

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and PM Thongloun Sisoulith (Photo: VGP)

Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith paying official visit from October 1-3.

by Long Van

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and visiting Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith reaffirmed the importance of the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos during their talks in Hanoi on October 1, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

Both sides agreed to facilitate all-level visits via the Party, State, Government and National Assembly channels, enhance the sharing of experience in socioeconomic development in each country, effectively realize the outcomes of the 41st meeting of the Vietnam - Laos Inter-Governmental Committee, and encourage the two countries’ ministries, agencies, and localities to expand ties.

They vowed to continue implementing border treaties and agreements, promptly preventing border violations, fighting trans-border crime and stepping up the signing of agreements on national defense and security.

A conference reviewing the effectiveness of the one-stop shop model at the Lao Bao - Densavan international border gate and another reviewing the implementation of the 2019 agreement on the settlement of irregular migration and undocumented marriages in border areas will also be held.

The two countries will continue working to raise two-way trade by 10-15 per cent annually, effectively implement trade agreements, soon sign a memorandum of understanding on border trade infrastructure development and connectivity, and popularize tax and trade incentives.

The two leaders pledged to take effective measures to ensure the progress and quality of Vietnamese projects in Laos and hold more exchanges between leaders of the Lao government and the Vietnamese business community in Laos.

The two Prime Ministers highlighted the importance of education and training cooperation and high-quality human resources development, noting the history of Vietnam - Laos special ties in the curricula of the two countries’ schools, increasing cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and well as implementing the labor cooperation agreement.

Prime Minister Sisoulith committed to simplifying procedures and reducing costs related to the granting of permits to Vietnamese workers.

The two leaders took the occasion to share various common assessments of the regional and international situation as well as the coordination between the two countries in the time to come, including Vietnam’s taking on the role of ASEAN Chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

On regional and global issues of shared concern, they affirmed the significance of maintaining peace, stability, law abidance, maritime and aviation safety and freedom, and the settlement of disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means in line with international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They reaffirmed ASEAN’s stance on the East Sea issue mentioned in the bloc’s recent declarations, especially the joint communiqué at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok in July, according to which the parties consented to strengthen mutual trust, exercise self-restraint, and avoid actions that could further complicate the situation, refrain from the use of force or threat to use force, prevent militarization, and fully and seriously implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), towards soon reaching a practical and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.

The two sides pledged to continue working with member states to step up prosperity, solidarity, and self-resilience in the ASEAN Community and uphold ASEAN’s central role in regional architecture towards a region of peace, stability, cooperation, and prosperity based on rules.

Following the talks, the two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of eight cooperation agreements in the fields of economy, investment, education, finance, banking, energy and aviation.

The two sides issued a joint declaration on the strengthening of Vietnam - Laos relations of great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation in the new situation.

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