Vietnam, Laos Promote Cooperation between Two Parties

Party Central Committee Commissions for External Relations of Vietnam and Laos promote their ties

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General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith meets Le Hoai Trung, Chairman of its Commission for External Relations. Photo: VNA
General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith meets member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Chairman of its Commission for External Relations. Photo: VNA

Le Hoai Trung, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Chairman of its Commission for External Relations, has paid a working visit to Laos at the invitation of his Lao counterpart Thongsavanh Phomvihane, VNA reported Wednesday.

On February 22, General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith, National Assembly Chairman Saysomphone Phomvihane, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith received, while Thongsavanh Phomvihane held talks with the Vietnamese delegation.

National Assembly Chairman Saysomphone Phomvihane shakes hands with Le Hoai Trung, Chairman of its Commission for External Relations. Photo: VNA
National Assembly Chairman Saysomphone Phomvihane shakes hands with Le Hoai Trung, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Chairman of its Commission for External Relations. Photo: VNA

At the receptions, the Lao leaders spoke highly of the outcomes of the working session between the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations and its Lao counterpart, saying that those have contributed to further deepening the Vietnam – Laos special solidarity.

The Lao leaders congratulated Vietnam on its achievements, expressing their delight at the fruitful development of the bilateral relations.

They affirmed that Laos attaches great importance to the relationship with Vietnam, stressing that the two commissions need to continue to closely coordinate, enhance the exchange of information and experience, and support each other, thus successfully implementing resolutions of their party congresses and agreements between senior leaders of the two Parties and States.

For his part, Trung affirmed that Vietnam’s foreign policy always attaches importance and gives top priority to developing the special relations between the two countries.

He acknowledged with pleasure that the cooperative relationship between the two Parties and States has increasingly developed in a more practical and effective manner in all fields, contributing to maintaining the stability and development of each country.

The official took this occasion to convey the regards of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other senior Vietnamese leaders to Party General Secretary and President Thongloun Sisoulith and other leaders of Laos.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos Saleumxay Kommasith (R) receives Le Hoai Trung, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and Chairman of its Commission for External Relations. Photo: VNA
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos Saleumxay Kommasith (R) receives Le Hoai Trung, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Chairman of its Commission for External Relations. Photo: VNA

At their talks, Trung and Thongsavanh reviewed the cooperation between the two commissions.

They also emphasised the necessity to further boost coordination between the agencies in implementing agreements between senior Party and State leaders of the two nations and expand and improve the efficiency of cooperation between other commissions of the two Parties.

Thongsavanh Phomvihane, head of the LPRP Central Committee's Commission for External Relations at the talks with the Vietnamese Party delegation. Photo: VNA
Thongsavanh Phomvihane, head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations at the talks with the Vietnamese Party delegation. Photo: VNA

In February, a delegation from the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee’s Office led by Thoongsalith Mangnomek, Secretary of the Committee and Head of the office, also had a working visit to Vietnam. The Lao official had talks with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Chief of Office of the Vietnamese Party Central Committee Le Minh Hung.

Permanent Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Nguyen Thi Tuyen took the Lao delegation to the centre of the Vietnamese craft village quintessence and Vin University (VinUni) in Hanoi’s Gia Lam district.

Two-way trade revenue between Vietnam and Laos in 2022 grew 24% from the previous year to reach some USD 1.7 billion, beyond expectations of their leaders at the 44th meeting of the Vietnam – Laos Inter-Governmental Committee on Bilateral Cooperation earlier last year.

Vietnam exported USD 656.4 million worth of goods to the neighbouring country in 2022, up 10.4%, mainly oil and gas, fertilizers, steel, machinery and accessories, and means of transport.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s imports were valued at USD 1.04 billion, a year-on-year rise of 34.6%, with main items including wood and wood products, fertilizers, rubber and corn.

Hannah Nguyen