At the reception held at the Government Headquarters, the Lao general informed PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc of the results of his talks with Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, permanent member of the Central Military Commission, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, and Deputy Minister of National Defense.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receiving Senior Lieutenant General Souvone Leuangbounmy. (Photo: VNA)

The Lao general said that the two sides reviewed comprehensively the cooperation results achieved in 2017 and agreed on specific cooperation directions for 2018 and forward.

Accordingly, the two defense ministries increased cooperation in various fields. Remarkably, the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense assisted the Laos People’s Army in building its forces, contributing importantly to achieving Laos’s socio-economic goals.

The Lao general noted that the two sides cooperated to conduct many activities to facilitate and improve lives of people living along the border between the two countries. This cooperation is highly supported by the people.

The Lao guest also revealed that the two sides agreed to further increase cooperation on officer training and build a stable and comprehensively developed Vietnam-Laos borderline.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke highly of the recent cooperation results between the two defense ministries and asked the two sides to continue boosting cooperation activities, contributing to maintaining and fostering the friendship between the two countries.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister stressed that with the characteristics of the shared border, which runs through mountainous areas with many physical difficulties, the two countries should further increase cooperation between forces, including the military and police, to maintain a borderline of peace and friendship and protect social order in this area.

Apart from supporting to improve living standard of the people living in border areas, the Vietnamese PM asked the two militaries to pay more attention to cooperation in countering human and drug trafficking. The PM urged them to boost officers training cooperation and build regular and elite militaries.

The PM strongly believed that the good defense ties between the two militaries would contribute to reinforcing trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples of the two countries and ensuring political stability and security to contribute to peace, stability, and development of the two countries.

Translated by Nam Long