>>VN, Laos to strengthen special solidarity ties
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong on July 17 agreed on several measures to boost wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries.
The agreement was reached during Thammavong’s six-day visit which ended on July 18.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives his Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong in Hanoi__Photo: Duc Tam/VNA
The two premiers said both countries would continue implementing effectively the agreements reached at the two Politburos’ annual meeting and the 37th Inter-governmental Committee on Vietnam-Lao cooperation.
They were unanimous in intensifying coordination to bring two-way trade to USD 2 billion by the year-end.
Dung suggested the two sides closely work together to prevent terrorism and sabotage, encourage people to jointly manage shared border lines, improve the living standards of people in border provinces, and build a border line of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation and development.
He also called for joint efforts to prevent drug trafficking and accelerate the search for remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who died in Laos during the war.
The two leaders agreed to seek financial aid for building roads connecting the two countries and effectively implementing the single-window mechanism at the Lao Bao- Densavan international border gate.-