VN, Laos exchange important legal documents on borderline
08:58 | 07/12/2017

VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh and Lao FM Saleumxay Kommasith exchanged the Protocol on Viet Nam-Laos borderline and border markers and the Agreement on Viet Nam-Laos border and border checkpoint management regulations, which took effect on September 5, 2017 on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. 

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh (R) and Lao FM Saleumxay Kommasith exchange the Protocol on Viet Nam-Laos borderline and border markers and the Agreement on Viet Nam-Laos border and border checkpoint management regulations

The two FMs co-chaired the fourth Viet Nam-Laos ministerial-level consultation in Ha Noi on December 6, to discuss bilateral ties on regional and international issues of common concern.

Both sides expressed their pleasure at the extensive and effective development of bilateral ties, saying that high-level agreements and the plan on cooperation between the two governments for 2017 have been basically completed, laying a foundation for the implementation of the Viet Nam-Laos Bilateral Cooperation Agreement for 2016-2020.  

The two countries also completed a project on increasing and upgrading markers along their borderline, stepped up strategic economic connectivity, especially key transport projects, and improved the efficiency of education-training partnership. 

The two foreign ministries will push the implementation of high-level agreements while making preparation for a Viet Nam visit by Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Vorachith, a meeting between the two Politburos and the 40th meeting of the Viet Nam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee in early 2018. 

As the permanent agencies of the National Steering Committees on Viet Nam-Laos and Laos-Viet Nam Solidarity and Friendly Year 2017, the two FMs reviewed the activities to celebrate the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of Viet Nam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation this year, and agreed that 2017 has become a common festival of the two countries.  

On this occasion, the two FMs exchanged two important legal documents on border including the Protocol on Viet Nam-Laos borderline and border markers and the Agreement on Viet Nam-Laos border and border checkpoint management regulations which took effect on September 5, 2017 on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. 

At the talks, the Deputy PM asked the Lao government to continue providing support for Vietnamese nationals living in the country, especially in procedures on naturalization, issuance of long-term residence cards and business registration. 

FM Kommasith, for his part, lauded achievements made by the Vietnamese Party, State and people this year, especially the successful organization of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week and APEC Year 2017. 

He agreed with solutions proposed by Viet Nam to deepen bilateral ties in the future and promised to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese nationals, workers and firms in Laos. 

Laos will do its best to promote the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation with Viet Nam, he said. 

On regional and global issues of shared concern, the two sides agreed to work closely together at regional and global forums, offer mutual consultation via bilateral and multilateral channels and at all levels, contributing to further tightening bilateral ties in external relations. 

The two ministries also held the fourth exchange between their units. 

The Lao Foreign Minister presented Laos’s Labour Order, first class, to former Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung .

The talks took place at the atmosphere of sincere and openness./. 

By Kim Loan 

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