24/02/2019 17:36 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam and Laos agree to boost cooperative ties in defense and security

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with his Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith in Vientiane on February 24 following an official welcome ceremony for the Vietnamese leader.

The leaders pledged to continuously consolidate and develop the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos, considering this a crucial factor to ensure the success of national construction and defence in each country.

They also concurred to boost cooperative ties in national defense and security, and work together to build a shared border of stability and sustainability.


General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President Bounnhang Vorachith welcomes Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong.
  
Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith review the honor guard of the Lao People's Army. 

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong holds talks with his Lao counterpart Bounnhang Vorachith.

The two leaders witness the signing of several cooperation documents between Vietnamese and Lao ministries and agencies. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

The leaders noted with pleasure that Vietnam and Laos have shared united viewpoints on regional and international issues. They held that the two sides should continue their close coordination and mutual support, especially within the cooperation framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations and Mekong Sub-region mechanism.

The two countries will join hands to sustainably use and manage Mekong River water resources, tighten their cooperationas well as coordination with third parties within the framework of the East-West Corridor and other multilateral cooperation programmes and projects, the leaders promised.

Both leaders highlighted the significance of maintaining peace, stability, security and safety in the East Sea, supported ASEAN’s role and principles, and agreed to promote the settlement of disputes in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They affirmed that Vietnam and Laos will join hands with relevant sides to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the East Sea and soon reach a practical and effective Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea, thus contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.

Following the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents between Vietnamese and Lao ministries and agencies./.

VNA/VNP