Laos, Vietnam Reaffirms Special Ties at Ministerial Meeting

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10th Foreign Ministerial Political Consultation Meeting
The tenth Vietnam-Laos foreign ministerial-level consultation meeting. (Photo: VNA)

Laos and Vietnam have reiterated their commitment to enhancing cooperation during the 10th Foreign Ministerial Political Consultation Meeting in Hanoi on 22 November.

Co-chaired by Lao Deputy Prime Minister Saleumxay Kommasith and Vietnamese Foreign Affairs Minister Bui Thanh Son, the meeting focused on assessing cooperation agreements, discussing regional and global issues, and planning future collaborations.

The leaders praised ongoing exchanges and cooperation across various sectors, including politics, defense, security, economy, trade, investment, education, culture, and tourism.

They delved into Laos’ upcoming ASEAN chairmanship in 2024, with Vietnam pledging full support for a successful tenure. Commitments were also made to continue the implementation of the 2021–2025 cooperation agreement and the 2020–2025 economic diplomacy action plan.

During a visit to Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, on the same day, Saleumxay discussed economic connectivity and development pathways. PM Chinh further pledged continuous assistance for Laos’ independent, self-reliant economic development and high-quality personnel training.

The leaders proposed close coordination for high-level exchanges and key cooperation mechanisms, including the 46th session of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee.