|Communist Party of Viet Nam General Secretary Nong Duc Manh (R) shakes hands with his Lao People's Revolutionary Party counterpart, Choummaly Sayasone, at the talks in Vientiane on Oct. 10|
The two Party leaders informed each other of the situation in their own Parties and their own countries, focusing on the progress made in implementing the resolutions of the 10th CPV Congress in Viet Nam and the eighth LPRP Congress in Laos.
They also exchanged views and reached agreement in the orientations and major measures to boost the special friendship and the comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos. International issues of mutual concern were also discussed at the event.
For his part, Manh highly valued great achievements recorded by the Lao people in their renewal process under the leadership of the LPRP, which have led to the political stability and socio-economic development.
These achievements have contributed to improving the Lao people's living conditions and increased the international prestige of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, said the Vietnamese Party leader.
In return, Choummaly Sayasone, who is also the Lao President, warmly welcomed CPV General Secretary Manh's visit to Laos.
Host and guest expressed satisfaction at the fine development of the special friendship which has stood the test of time between the two Parties and peoples. The two leaders pledged to maintain and promote the traditional relations as an invaluable asset of the two nations and hand them down to younger generations forever.
The two parties agreed to speed up the joint compilation of the history of bilateral special relations and combatant alliance between Viet Nam and Laos.
In 2007, the two countries will celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation.
The two sides agreed to further strengthen the comprehensive cooperation in the spirit of independence and self-reliance while further tapping potential of each country for mutual interest.
They also pledged to grant preferential policies to each other in an effort to bring the Viet Nam-Laos relationship to a new height to promote the interest of the individual countries and for peace, independence, democracy and social progress in the world.
Party General Secretary Manh invited his host, Choummaly Sayasone, to visit Viet Nam, who has accepted the invitation with thanks.
In the afternoon, Party leader Manh held talks with National Assembly President Thongsing Thamavong and Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh of Laos. They discussed measures to strengthen and develop bilateral relations, especially in the economies and trade, as well as ties between the two Governments and the two National Assemblies.
The two Lao leaders reiterated policy to respect the relationship with Viet Nam and expressed belief that Manh's visit would boost the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
Lao NA chief Thamavong attached importance to close relations with the Vietnamese legislature, especially in exchanging experiences in law-making, supervising at the top level, and making decisions in national major issues.
The Lao National Assembly will work closely with its Vietnamese counterpart in facilitating and supervising the implementation of agreements of cooperation between the two countries in an effort to help each other develop.
For his part, PM Bouphavanh affirmed that the Lao Government will make it easy for Vietnamese provinces and authorities to boost cooperation and exchange experiences with Lao relevant agencies in an effort to tap their advantages.
The Lao Government has always encouraged Vietnamese businesses to invest in Laos, especially in energy, transport and industrial crop growing, he said.
He added that the two countries should expand and increase efficiency in cooperation in all fields, thus contributing to strengthening special relations between the two countries.
In the evening, Choummaly Sayasone held a party in honour of CPV General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and his entourage.