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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    6 July 2012

Laos, Vietnam renew cooperation framework


The National Assemblies of Laos and Vietnam signed a document in Vientiane yesterday renewing cooperation frameworks between the two legislative bodies.

President of the Lao National Assembly (NA) Pany Yathortou and her visiting Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Sinh Hung signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the two assemblies at the National Assembly in Vientiane. This MoU will replace the previous one signed by the two legislative bodies in 2007.

Hung, who is a Politburo member of the Communist Party of Vietnam, arrived in Vientiane yesterday for a three-day official goodwill visit to Laos from July 3-5 at the invitation of Pany.

Pany, who is a Lao Politburo member, visited Vietnam in August last year, having been invited by Hung.

The signing of the four-page MoU took place shortly after an official welcoming ceremony and bilateral talks held at the National Assembly.

Pany issued a warm welcome to the guests, saying she highly valued the visit of Hung and his delegation. She remarked that it would further enhance the traditional friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, states and peoples of Laos and Vietnam.

Under the MoU, both sides agreed to deepen the relations, solidarity and cooperation between the two assemblies and their relevant departments through bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

The two National Assemblies pledged to work together in formulating yearly cooperation work plans and coordinating mechanisms to put the plans in place.

Cooperation frameworks will include an exchange of delegations at all levels between the two assemblies. They will increase coordination among the two NA committees in monitoring the implementation of cooperation and investment MoUs between the two countries. Both sides reached consensus in jointly organising technical seminars for their relevant sectors in a bid to build capacity. The administrative offices of both sides will exchange lessons learned.

On the same day, Hung made courtesy calls on Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and President Choummaly Sayasone. In the evening, Pany hosted a banquet to honour Hung and his delegation.

Today, Hung is scheduled to deliver a speech at the ongoing Third Ordinary Session of the National Assembly's Seventh Legislature.

The Vietnamese delegation is also scheduled to visit Luang Prabang province.

The delegation is visiting Laos while both nations are celebrating Laos-Vietnam Special Solidarity and Friendship Year 2012, the year that marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations (1962-2012) between Laos and Vietnam and the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship and Cooperatio n Treaty (1977-2012).

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