Vietnam Supports Laos ASEAN Presidency

HANOI, June 10 (Bernama) — Vietnam will actively support and share experience so that Laos can fulfil its presidency of ASEAN in 2016 as well as successfully organise the ASEAN Summit, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

President Tran Dai Quang made the statement during his meeting with Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, here Thursday.

The President applauded the outcomes of the meeting between the two foreign ministers earlier, saying that cooperative orientations would heighten the two ministries’ relations, particularly during Laos’ ASEAN presidency this year.

He affirmed that the Party, State and people of Vietnam attach great importance to the relations, whose foundations were laid by President Ho Chi Minh and President Kaysone Phomvihane.

Tran said that he will visit Laos very soon.

In response, the Lao foreign minister said the Vietnamese president’s pending visit to Laos will be a milestone that cultivates ties between the two parties, the states and peoples of the two countries.

Regarding his talks with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Kommasith, said the two sides agreed to strengthen coordination in order to effectively implement high-level agreements between the two countries and achieve consensus in exchanges on issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

As Laos is taking the role of ASEAN presidency, the close cooperation between the two ministries will play an important role in the success of Laos, he added.