Vietnam PM visit to deepen bilateral ties
Improved access to the seaport at Vung Ang will be on the agenda when Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc leads a high-level delegation to visit Laos next week to enhance friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two neighbours.
The two-day official visit from April 26-27 will be made at the invitation of Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, the Prime Minister's Office stated in a press release.
The government spokesman Prof Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher spoke to local media yesterday shortly after the cabinet's monthly meeting for April.
He said a broad range of topics were expected to be discussed during the Vietnamese PM's visit.
Prof Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher stated that Vung Ang seaport project is set to be one of the topics to be tabled at next week's meeting between the two Prime Ministers.
He added that the Vung Ang seaport is an important project that will enable landlocked Laos to access sea trade routes.
Officials of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee said cooperation documents are also expected to be signed during the visit but declined to give further details.
The Voice of Vietnam News Agency reported yesterday that PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc will make an official visit to Cambodia before continuing onward to Laos.
The Vietnamese PM's scheduled visit to Laos comes as the governments of Laos and Vietnam are intensifying their cooperation with many mega cooperation projects to be developed.
In addition to the project to enable Laos to utilise Vung Ang seaport in Vietnam's central Ha Tinh province, planned projects included an expressway project to link Laos's capital of Vientiane with Vietnam's capital of Hanoi, and the Laos-Vietnam oil pipeline project.
Receiving Lao Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong on Thursday (April 20) in Hanoi, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc pledged to assist Laos to develop transport infrastructure, Nhan Dan News Agency reported that day.
The Vietnamese PM also affirmed that Vietnam will create all possible conditions for Laos to utilise the Vung Ang seaport.
The Vietnamese PM noted that the two countries will soon break ground to commence construction for a Lao National Assembly House with Vietnamese funding.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his hope that the special friendship between the two countries would last forever and their cooperation across the board would continue to be successful.
Dr Bounchanh said that under Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith's instruction, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport had spoken with the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport in regards to the plans for the upcoming visit to Laos by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, according to Nhan Dan News Agency.
Laos and Vietnam established diplomatic relations on September 5, 1962.
Vietnam is among the top three foreign investors in Laos, with investments hitting US$5.1 billion so far.
Last year's trade revenue between the two countries reached US$801 million.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 22, 2017)