At the reception (Photo: SGGP)

During the reception, the Vietnamese official highlighted the fruitful development of the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries across all fields.

He briefed the guest on HCM City’s socio-economic development and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the city, expressing his hope that after the recent talks between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith in Hanoi, HCM City will soon be able to resume cooperation with Lao localities after the two countries successfully control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phong said HCM City will implement more cooperative programs with Lao localities, including a project to improve the quality of beef cattle herds in Vientiane, and organizing a trade and tourism fair.

The city’s Department of Foreign Affairs is also preparing cooperation programs with Laos in the 2021-2025, especially with its twinned localities, such as Champasak and Vientiane, he added.

Phong said he hopes in his term in Vietnam, the Lao diplomat will do his utmost to further strengthen the long-lasting relationship between the two countries.

For his part, the Lao ambassador expressed his joy at the two countries’ success in controlling the pandemic, and informed the guest that the two countries are continuing to implement cooperation programs within the framework of the Laos-Vietnam Inter-governmental Committee, including joint efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and re-open border gates and flights between the two nations as soon as possible.

Source: VNA