Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Lao counterpart. (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese Government leader made the request while meeting with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on January 10th on the sidelines of the Mekong - Lancang Cooperation Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Prime Minister Phuc expressed his delight at the development of the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. He hailed the official friendship visit made by General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith and the success of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017.

At the meeting, the two prime ministers agreed to direct their ministries, branches and localities to effectively coordinate to prepare for the 40th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee slated for early this year.

Accordingly, both sides need to evaluate cooperative ties in various sectors in 2017 and recommend breakthrough solutions to promote cooperation efficiency in 2018. In addition, they should work to bolster the implementation of the Vietnam-Laos cooperation agreement during 2016-2020.

The two government leaders affirmed that they will continue working to deepen bilateral political relations and join hands to carry out drastic and comprehensive measures to strengthen economic partnership. They also pledged to pay attention to key investment projects, and remove bottlenecks for enterprises from both sides./.