While co-chairing the seventh annual political consultation at the foreign ministerial level in Vientiane, the officials said political cooperation has been enhanced intensively, with regular visits, phone talks, and high-level meetings maintained.

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs  Pham Binh Minh and his Lao counterpart Saleumsay Kommasith signing cooperation agreement between the two ministries for the 2020-2025 period 

Attention has been paid to bilateral cooperation mechanisms in various fields like defense-security, external affairs, economy, culture, education, and science-technology.

The ministers consented to instruct the two foreign ministries to further coordinate in better serving high-level visits and meetings and preparing for the 43rd meeting of the inter-governmental committee, while joining hands with other relevant ministries and agencies to implement cooperation agreements, programs, and projects.

They said collaboration between the two foreign ministries has been reinforced practically and effectively through annual cooperation mechanisms at ministerial and deputy ministerial levels, and other mechanisms and forms, covering an array of fields.

Notably, the two sides successfully held an online political consultation at the foreign ministerial level in October, and signed an action program on cooperation in economic diplomacy for 2020-2025.

Minh took the occasion to thank the Lao side for supporting Vietnam to run for seats at U.N. agencies and organizations over the past time, and for backing Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2020.

Vietnam will coordinate and support Laos to successfully organize the ninth Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit, the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Summit, and the 11th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle Area Summit.

The ministers also exchanged views on regional and international matters, the East Sea (South China Sea) issue and the sustainable use of the Mekong River water sources.

The two sides agreed to continue their close coordination at regional and international forums, share information and viewpoints, and coordinate in seeking international resources for joint projects and programs.

Following the political consultation, the two ministers signed a cooperation agreement between the Vietnamese and Lao foreign ministries for the 2021-2025 period.

On this occasion of Minh's visit to Laos from November 29-30, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines resumed its first commercial flight between Hanoi and Vientiane since the COVID-19 broke out.

Source: VNA