The Hanoitimes – The visits are believed to enhance ties with the two neighboring countries amid growing economic relations. Vietnam, Laos target stronger economic ties in 2019 Cambodia king in Vietnam for leisure tour In Vietnam, PM Hun Sen says no foreign military bases allowed in Cambodia General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and President Nguyen Phu Trong will pay an official visit to Laos on February 24-25 and a state visit to Cambodia on February 25-26, local media has reported. President Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: Baochinhphu The visits will be made at the invitation of Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni. This will be the first overseas trip after Trong was elected president in October 2018. On February 20, President Trong received Laotian Minister of Public Security Vilay Lakhamfong in Hanoi. In November 2016, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited Laos, his first foreign tour after the 12th Congress of the CPV, which defined the start of a five-year term leadership of key positions like the CPV’s general secretary, president, prime minister, and ministers. In this visit, Vietnam and Laos signed seven agreements, including Vietnam’s donation to build a parliament hall in Vientiane and a high school in Bolikhamxay province, Vietnam’s investment in Hanoi-Vientiane expressway, and the strategic partnership for Houaphanh and Xiangkhouang provinces. Meanwhile, Trong’s latest visit to Cambodia was in July 2017 as the CPV’s chief. During the visit, the Phnom Penh Post reported that Vietnam would donor US$25 million… [Read full story]
19:14 | 20/02/2019 VGP – Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong will pay an official visit to Laos from February 24-25 at the invitation of his Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Affairs announced Wednesday. Trong will also make State visit to Cambodia from February 25-26 at the invitation of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni./.
At the talks (Source: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen reaffirmed their commitments to strengthening bilateral friendship, solidarity, and cooperation during their talks in Vientiane on December 5. Speaking highly of the bilateral friendship and collaboration over the past years, both sides discussed joint work across national defence-security, consular work, public administration-transportation, culture-tourism, trade-investment, border issues, and the economic cooperation in the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam development triangle, as well as regional and global issues of shared concern. They agreed to assign ministries and agencies to realise terms in signed agreements via bilateral cooperation mechanisms such as the Laos-Cambodia Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation, and others. The two sides pledged to direct parties concerned to deliver on commitments reached during the Lao and Cambodian PMs’ meetings in Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and Hanoi. Accordingly, issues in the Keng Tomokhoi-Huoi Tangau area need to be dealt with. They vowed to maintain the status quo in border areas until border demarcation is finished. Following the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of important documents. The same day, Hun Sen paid a courtesy call to Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith and President of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou. –VNA
Forty-three years ago, on December 2, 1975, the National People’s Congress of Laos issued a decision to establish the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. This was considered as another resounding victory of the Lao people under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party after they had completely liberated the country from the domination of imperialism and colonialism, starting a new development era of peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity for the country. At the second Vietnam-Laos Border Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival in 2017. Photo for illustration: baobienphong.com.vn Under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the Lao people has gained great achievements in maintaining national independence and sovereignty, national territorial integrity, socio-political stability, defense and security while continuously raising its status in the international arena and improving people’s living standards. As the two neighboring countries with similar geographic features, Vietnam and Laos have enjoyed a close and time-honored traditional friendship. Since the 1930s, the two countries’ revolutionary movements had been attached to each other under the leadership of the Indochina Communist Party. Based on the Marxism-Leninism ideology, the special relationship has brought miraculous strength and solidarity to the two nations. During the past wars, generations of Vietnamese troops and people stood side by side with their Lao brothers in fighting against foreign invaders for national independence of Laos. Both Vietnamese and Lao can now be proud of the history of establishment and development of the rarely-seen Vietnam-Laos special relationship. The Vietnam-Lao special relationship reflects the aspirations of both… [Read full story]