Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith had separate bilateral meetings with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chinese Premier Li Keqieng on the sidelines of the 2nd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Phnom Penh on Jan 10. While meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr Thongloun and his Vietnamese counterpart highly valued and appreciated the successful co-organising of the celebration events of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017.
The two leaders also appreciated the outcomes of talks held on the sidelines of the 2nd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting noting that such outcomes have contributed to the success of the MLC Leaders’ Meeting.
Both sides also discussed preparations for two major meetings scheduled for February 2018 namely the inter-Poliburo meeting and the 40th Laos-Vietnam Intergovernmental Committee Meeting.
They also expressed their commitment to promote the relations and cooperation between the two countries in 2018 and beyond to ensure greater achievements are made.
Prime Minister Thongloun expressed gratitude to his Vietnamese counterpart for his attention attached to directing the relevant sectors of Vietnam to sign agreements with Lao counterparts, including that on the re-building of the Lao National Assembly’s building.
The Vietnamese side expressed appreciations to the Lao government upon its assumption of co-chairmanship of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) for 2018-2020 with China and wishes the Lao side success in co hosting the MLC meetings.
While meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Mr Thongloun highly valued the successful state visit to the Lao PDR by the Communist Party of China Central Committee General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov 13-14, 2017.
Both premiers agreed to continue to materialise into greater achievements the outcomes of the presidential state visit, especially the 17 projects both sides have agreed upon. These projects include the Lao-China Railway Project which is of strategic importance for the two countries and the region.
Both sides also discussed how to make sure their Mekong-Lancang Cooperation co-chairmanship for 2018-2020 is successful and preparations for the China International Import EXPO, scheduled for November 2018 in Shanghai, China.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will lead officials from Laos to attend the expo.
Source: Lao News Agency