Viet Nam, Laos Issue Joint Statement

Viet Nam and Laos issued a joint statement in Vientiane on Thursday, during the visit to Laos by General Secretary Nong Duc Manh of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, confirming their determination to maintain and promote the special solidarity and faithful relations between the two parties, states and peoples.

Mr. Nong Duc Manh visits Laos' Vientiane province on Oct 12 

Following is an excerpt of the joint statement:

"The two sides agreed to enhance the Viet Nam-Laos comprehensive cooperation on the basis of upholding the spirit of independence, sovereignty and self-reliance, take advantage of each country in the principle of equality and mutual benefits, give appropriate priorities and preferences to each other in harmony with the special ties between Viet Nam and Laos, and constantly improve the quality and efficiency of cooperation for the benefit of people of both countries and for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress".

On the same day, Mr. Nong Duc Manh and Vietnamese senior delegates visited Vientiane province, the western gate to Vientiane capital city, where they were warmly welcomed by Lao Party leaders and people.  

Source: VNA - Compiled by Thuy Hang

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