Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has concluded his two-day official visit to Hungary which is his first visit since he took office in 2016.
PM Thongloun’s visit was in response to the invitation of his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban.
The visit was considered by the two countries as a historic landmark of enhancing the longstanding friendship and cooperation between Laos and Hungary.
On Mar 11, the second day of his two-day visit to Hungary, PM Thongloun had bilateral talks with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban in Hungary’s capital Budapest where both sides reviewed their friendship and cooperation as the two countries have maintained mutual assistance and support through both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.
PM Thongloun expressed gratitude upon the assistance the government and people of Hungary has extended to the Lao PDR during its past time of national liberation and its current time of national protection and development.
Both Prime Ministers discussed ways to enhance the cooperation in the future and agreed to elevate the bilateral ties to a strategic partnership level noting that this reaffirms the mutual trust between the two governments and peoples of the two countries.
They agreed to promote the exchange of visits at all levels and of all sectors, ranging from top leaders to technicians and promote the implementation of cooperation projects.
Both sides agreed to continue to enhance bilateral cooperation in economic, trade, investment, education, agriculture, finance, and other potential areas of common interest and agreed to hold political dialogues between the two ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries on a regular basis to ensure more effective and deeper relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Thongloun expressed sincere thanks to the government and people of Hungary for their support to human resource development of Laos noting that Lao nationals graduating from Hungary have become quality and successful human resources for the motherland with some holding senior positions in the government and business sector.
The Prime Minister expressed gratitude upon the decision by the government of Hungary to provide a Tied Aid Credit line of almost US$ 200 million over coming years, noting that such provision of financial assistance was a great contribution to the socio-economic development of the Lao PDR.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that his government would open a consular representation in Vientiane in the near future.
On this occasion, both sides also signed two documents with one on exemption of visas for di0plomats and government officials and another one on education cooperation for 2020-2022.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith also paid a courtesy call to Hungarian President Janos A�der and the Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary Laszlo KAlver, placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of Hungary and visited well-known cultural and historical sites of Hungary.
Source: Lao News Agency