Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh held phone talks with his Japanese counterpart Suga Yoshihide to enhance the friendship and cooperation between Laos and Japan on April 7.
Prime Minister Phankham told his counterpart that he was happy to talk with him again after their first meeting during his visit to Japan to receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in November 2019 and expressed thanks to the Japanese premier for extending him warm congratulations upon his assumption of the post.
The prime minister expressed his readiness to work closely with his Japanese counterpart to continue to enhance the friendship and cooperation based on the strategic partnership between the two countries and announce the adoption of an action plan to advance the strategic partnership between Laos and Japan.
Both premiers commended the celebration of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties (Mar 5, 1955-2020) and the 5th anniversary of the strategic partnership between Laos and Japan in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
They also noted that over the past 65 years of diplomatic ties, the two countries have constantly enhanced the relations and cooperation in various areas.
The premiers also discussed cooperation directions especially on defence and investment in the Lao PDR, and Japan-funded projects as well as regional and international issues of common interest.
Prime Minister Phankham expressed on behalf of the government and people of the Lao PDR gratitude to the assistance of the government and people of Japan to the Lao PDR over the past years which has contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of the Lao PDR especially to its fight against Covid-19 which is continuing to restrain economic growth and livelihoods of people around the world.
He also wished his Japanese counterpart good health, happiness and success in his noble tasks.
Source: Lao News Agency