Vietnam's neighbor welcomes State President Tran Dai Quang on his first overseas trip since taking office.
State President Tran Dai Quang is paying an official visit to Laos; his first since taking up the post in early April.
At their meeting, State President Quang and Laos’ Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith vowed to continue enhancing the connectivity and mutual supplementation of their economies while promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges and coordinating to hold activities to mark the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations and the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam-Laos Amity and Cooperation Treaty next year.
The two underlined the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security and safety in the East Sea and vowed to work together with other ASEAN countries for the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes based on international law, the full and effective observance of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea for the sake of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world as a whole.
The host was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) as saying that President Quang’s selection of Laos for his first overseas trip after taking office demonstrates the importance Vietnam attaches to its relations with Laos.
The two sides agreed to push forward with the implementation of agreements reached by leaders of the two countries and the outcomes of the 38th meeting of the inter-governmental committee on Vietnam-Lao cooperation, as well as the cooperation plans between the two governments for 2016, the Vietnam-Lao cooperation treaty for 2016-2020, the joint statement issued during the April visit to Vietnam by Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith, along with the outcomes of the May visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and this visit to Laos by President Quang.
They renewed their resolve to carry out the protocol on bilateral defense and security cooperation for 2016-2020, the protocol on border and border markers and the agreement on border and border gate management regulations signed early this year, and the new agreements on trade and border trade between the two countries.
The two leaders shared the view that the regional and global situation is seeing many complex developments and agreed that the two countries should keep a close watch on the situation and maintain discussions to help each other ensure security and stability in their countries.
The two sides reiterated the intention to coordinate closely to strengthen solidarity within ASEAN, elevating the bloc’s central role in the regional security structure. The two leaders also agreed to promote coordination with each other and with other countries and international organizations for the sustainable and effective management and use of water resource in the Mekong River, according to VNA.
To mark the visit, President Quang presented Sekong province in Laos with a school costing $1 million.
Vietnamese businesses have, to date, invested nearly $5 billion in 258 projects in Laos, primarily in hydropower, mining, transport and industrial crops. The two sides have also paid heed to collaboration in education and training and human resources development. At present, nearly 9,300 Lao officials and students are studying in Vietnam while 425 Vietnamese students are studying in Laos.
The two sides completed a project on increasing and upgrading border marker systems and also signed two important legal documents: the Protocol on Borderline and Border Markers and the Agreement on Regulations on the Management of Border and Border Gates on Land between the two governments.
The completion of the border marker system has contributed to improving the quality of the Vietnam-Laos borderline, both in legal terms and in reality.
The State President’s visit to Laos will be followed by an official two-day visit to Cambodia.