PM’s visits to Laos, Cambodia help foster bilateral ties

Friday, 2017-04-28 08:16:16
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks during a meeting with Vietnamese Embassy staff in Laos on April 27. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO/VNA – The official visits made by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Cambodia and Laos wrapped up successfully, contributing to nurturing the trusted political relations and boosting practical cooperation in all fields between Vietnam and the two countries.

The statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy in an interview granted to the media on the outcomes of the visits which took place from April 24-27.

Quy said during the visits, PM Phuc and his Cambodian and Lao counterparts discussed many issues, including long-standing problems related to the shared borderline, the Vietnamese community and the promotion of economic and educational cooperation.

The two sides agreed on orientations and specific measures to intensify bilateral ties and deal with existing difficulties, reflected through the signing of 13 agreements ranging from transport, trade, education, energy, agriculture to cooperation between their localities.

The Deputy Minister mentioned two outstanding triumphs of the Government leader’s visits, including achievements in discussions about the legal status of Vietnamese expatriates in Cambodia and an agreement allowing Laos to manage and use several port wharfs in Ha Tinh province’s Vung Ang economic zone.

Specifically, within the framework of the visits, the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year 2017 and the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017 were launched, he added.

The diplomat stressed that the visits made by the Government leader once again demonstrate Vietnam’s determination to maintain and tighten its special solidarity with Cambodia and Laos.

The visits created a new motivation to promote Vietnam’s relations with the two countries more practically and effectively.

Long-term orientations to make the Vietnam-Cambodia and Vietnam-Laos relations develop sustainably were set forth, while directions were made to tackle existing difficulties.

In the context of complicated and unpredictable developing regional and international situations, PM Phuc’s official visits to Cambodia and Laos once again assert the value of the sustainable and special relations between Vietnam and the two countries, contributing to maintaining peace, security, stability, and development in the region and the world, Quy added.