Laos, Vietnam agree to extend cooperation in foreign affairs

Saleumxay Kommasith (right) and Phan Binh Minh display the cooperation agreement they signed on Nov 29, 2020 in Vientiane, Laos. -VT/ANN

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN): The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Laos and Vietnam have extended cooperation in encouraging and monitoring the implementation of collaboration in all fields over the next five years.

Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, and Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, on Sunday (Nov 29) signed a cooperation agreement for the period 2021-2025, replacing the existing one which expires in 2020.

Minh led the Vietnamese delegation attending the seventh political consultation meeting between the two ministries, which continued in Vientiane on Monday.

The two sides reviewed overall bilateral cooperation as well as cooperation between the two ministries and discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.

They expressed appreciation of the great friendship, solidarity, and all-round cooperation between the two parties, governments and peoples, which they said had been enriched.

The two parties agreed to continue to strengthen exchange visits by high-level leaders through various platforms, and effectively implement existing cooperation mechanisms, according to the report.

Laos praised Vietnam for the country's successful chairmanship of Asean in 2020, and thanked Vietnam for its steady support to Laos such as in response to Covid-19 and natural disaster aid.

Saleumxay, Head of the Lao-Vietnamese Border Delegation, and Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Vietnamese-Lao Border Delegation, Le Hoai Trung, jointly led the annual meeting.

The meeting reviewed the implementation of the agreement reached in 2016 on the regulation on borders and border-crossing management, and the record of the 29th meeting.

The delegations assessed the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and natural disasters on border areas in the past year, especially on the work of the delegations, the passage of people and vehicles, goods transport, livelihoods, and officials as a result of the lockdown.

The two sides discussed the protection and management of borders and border markers and plans for post-Covid-19 cooperation and overall cooperation in 2021. Meeting participants said they highly valued the efforts of border organization units at both the central and local levels, as well as border officials in carrying out their duties, especially during the pandemic.

The two sides agreed to educate people on the agreements and regulations, including the response to Covid-19 in border areas. - Vientiane Times/Asia News Network

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