Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on March 15-17 received a courtesy call from Vietnam’s Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Phan Van Giang and his delegation at the Government Office in Vientiane.
During the cordial talk, PM Thongloun praised, warmly welcomed and highly valued the visit of Mr Phan Van Giang as a significant contribution to strengthening the friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, states and people of Laos and Vietnam, especially among the Laos-Vietnam Youth Union.
On behalf of the Vietnamese, Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Defence Phan Van Giang thanked PM Thongloun for his warm welcome and also briefed him about the government’s work with the two Parties.
“The Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) will continue close and effective cooperation with the Lao People’s Army to help strengthen the two countries’ special relations,” said Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the VPA Phan Van Giang.
He made the remark at a meeting with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on March 15, which was part of his official visit to Laos from March 15 – 17. This is also the first trip to a foreign country by Giang since he was appointed as the Chief of the General Staff of the VPA.
He expressed his delight at the two countries’ growing relations in all fields, adding that Vietnam gives top priority to the Vietnam-Laos friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation.
PM Thongloun affirmed that the Lao Government would create the best possible conditions for the two armies to foster ties in all aspects. It will also support Vietnamese businesses, including military-run firms, to invest in Laos.
Congratulating Vietnam on its enormous achievements, he voiced his belief that the country would further develop under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
Receiving the Vietnamese delegation on the same day, Lao Defence Minister Chansamone Chanyalath highlighted the sound development of cooperation between the general staff of the two armies, noting that the armies should bolster collaboration in many spheres, including in advising their Party and State leaders to intensify defence-security and improve combat readiness capacity.
He also promised favourable conditions for the two general staff’s cooperation on the basis of the agreements between the defence ministries.
Earlier, Lieutenant General Giang had talks with Lao Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Lao People’s Army Souvone Leuangbounmy.
He said that the stronger connections between the two armies will help solidify the traditional amity, special solidarity and all-round cooperation between Vietnam and Laos.
The officers exchanged viewpoints on issues of shared concern and hailed the cooperation outcomes, especially in mutual visits, personnel training, and cultural exchanges to mark major holidays of the two countries, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
They agreed that the two general staff would step up coordination and fully and effectively carry out cooperation activities so as to solidify mutual trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States, peoples and armies, thereby helping to ensure peace and political and social stability for national development and defeat plots to harm bilateral relations.
Concluding the talks, they witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Vietnamese Defence Ministry’s Institute for Military Strategy and the Lao Defence Ministry’s Military Science and History Department.
Source: Lao News Agency