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Vietnam and Laos Fortify Bonds During Prime Minister Sonexay's Official Visit

Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone's official visit to Vietnam strengthens bilateral ties, with cultural visits, a bilateral cooperation meeting, and an investment conference.

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Vietnam and Laos Fortify Bonds During Prime Minister Sonexay's Official Visit

The streets of Hanoi buzzed with anticipation as Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone and his wife embarked on an official visit to Vietnam. They were cordially received by their Vietnamese counterparts, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his wife. The leaders embarked on a cultural journey through the city, visiting historical landmarks such as the pen tower, ink slab tower, Thê Húc Bridge, Ngọc Sơn Temple, and the famous turtles in Sword Lake. They also delved into the legend associated with the lake, a testament to the vibrant Vietnamese culture.

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Strengthening Bilateral Relations

Throughout the visit, the emphasis was on fostering stronger ties between the two neighboring nations. The Vietnamese State President affirmed a prioritization of bilateral relations with Laos, while Prime Minister Chinh and Prime Minister Siphandone reached a consensus on maintaining all-level delegation exchanges and bolstering cooperation in diverse areas. This determination to strengthen the bond between the two countries was further exemplified in the signing of four cooperation documents, highlighting their shared commitment to collaboration.

46th Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee Meeting

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Prime Ministers Siphandone and Chinh co-chaired the 46th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee for Bilateral Cooperation in Hanoi. They agreed on significant orientations to enhance their partnership in 2024, focusing on areas such as economy, trade, investment, education-training, and tourism. Both leaders emphasized the need for strong political relations and coordination in realizing plans that bring practical benefits to their people.

Investment Cooperation Conference

The Lao and Vietnamese Prime Ministers also co-chaired an investment cooperation conference where they evaluated bilateral investment and business cooperation. They discussed challenges facing Vietnamese investors in Laos and proposed solutions. The conference highlighted the growth of Vietnamese investors in Laos, the current projects, and future collaboration orientations. The focus was on completing institutions and policies to encourage investment, granting investment licenses, and exchanging memoranda of understanding among agencies and businesses of the two countries.

The visit concluded with Prime Ministers Chinh and Siphandone, along with their wives, meeting Vietnamese and Lao students. This interaction marked the last activity of the Lao Prime Minister's official visit to Vietnam, which was aimed at strengthening ties and fostering a robust friendship between the two countries. As a symbol of this enduring friendship, Prime Minister Chinh gifted his Lao counterpart a piece of calligraphy in the spirit of the New Year and the forthcoming Lunar New Year of the Dragon.

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