Laos, Vietnam Sign Bilateral Agreements to Boost Relations

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Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone welcomed Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Wednesday.

Prime Ministers of the two nations signed ten bilateral agreements on Wednesday to strengthen the partnership between the two countries.

Prime Minister of Vietnam Mr. Pham Minh Chinh is currently on a two-day visit to Laos in response to an invitation from the new Lao Prime Minister Mr. Sonexay Siphandone.

Prime Minister Pham Minh expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome from the Lao government and congratulated Mr. Siphandone for being elected as the new Prime Minister of Laos.

PM Siphandone, representing the government and people of Laos, also thanked the government, and the people of Vietnam for their cooperation and assistance.

Bilateral agreements signed between Laos and Vietnam cover areas like economic diplomacy, diplomatic training, legal and human resources partnerships, digital partnerships and payment systems, assistance in health, sports, and transport. The establishment of special relations between Champasack Province in Laos and Quang Tri Province in Vietnam was part of the cooperation efforts as well.

On his official visit, PM Pham Minh also met President Thongloun Sisoulith and National Assembly President Mr Xaysomphone Phomvihane to discuss more areas of cooperation.

Laos and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in September 1962 and celebrated 60 years of diplomacy last year.