Prime Minister, Australian Counterpart Pledge Enhanced Cooperation | Lao Tribune

Prime Minister, Australian Counterpart Pledge Enhanced Cooperation

At a bilateral meeting held in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbullpledged to enhance cooperation in areas of agriculture, public works and transport, finance, human rights under bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

The meeting between Prime Minister Thongloun and Australian Prime Minister was held in the sidelines of ASEAN-Australia Special Summit (Mar 17-18).

At the bilateral talks, both sides highly valued the relations and sound cooperation between the two countries which have been enhanced constantly over the past 66 years.

Last year, the two countries successfully organised activities to mark the 65th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

Both sides also highly valued the implementation of bilateral cooperation projects with many completed and some being implemented.

Prime Minister Thongloun expressed gratitude to the Australian government and people for their support and assistance to the Lao PDR in various areas over the past decades especially for its Official Development Assistance (ODA), support for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance, education and human resource development noting that such assistance and support have contributed significantly to the socio-economic development in the Lao PDR.

Australian investment in Laos reached US$ 135 million last year, placing Australian at the 15th place among 53 countries investing in Laos.

Both sides also exchanged points of view on regional issues of common interest.

On the occasion, the Australian Prime Minister highly valued the participation of Prime Minister Thongloun and his delegation in ASEAN-Australia Special Summit noting that his participation would help enhance the relations and cooperation between the two countries both under bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

Laos’ Premier also invited his Australian counterpart to visit Laos at his suitable time and encouraged Australian visitors to visit Laos during the celebration of Visit Laos Year 2018.

Source: Lao News Agency