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Vietnam, Laos to celebrate 60-year diplomatic relationship

By Thanh Danh   July 17, 2022 | 12:00 am PT
Vietnam, Laos to celebrate 60-year diplomatic relationship
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vietnam-Laos relations have scored great achievements in politics, security, defense and economy, foreign affairs minister Bui Thanh Son said Sunday.

In an article commemorating the upcoming 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations, he said September 5, 1962 marked the beginning of a new chapter for both countries.

The two countries then signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 1977, an important legal and political basis to develop their relationship further, Son said.

He noted that the countries' leaders have held constant exchanges and implemented several cooperation projects, including the construction of a parliament building in Vientiane as a gift from Vietnam to Laos. The parliament was opened in 2021.

Laos parliament building in Vientiane, a gift from Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Phuong Linh

Laos parliament building in Vientiane, a gift from Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Phuong Linh

Vietnam and Laos have also cooperated with each other in fighting transnational crimes and maintaining peace at the border as well as promoting exchanges and socio-economic development in border areas, Son wrote.

Bilateral trade between the two countries grew by an average of 10 percent each year from 2016 to 2020. Despite the impacts of Covid-19, trade between the two countries grew 33 percent year-on-year to reach $1.37 billion. Vietnam has invested $5.33 billion in 214 projects, making it the third largest investor in the neighboring country.

In education, thousands of student exchanges have taken place over the years.

Vietnam and Laos have also supported and cooperated with each other on international forums like the U.N., ASEAN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum or the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) forum.

Given current regional and global developments, Vietnam and Laos need to maintain and further strengthen their bilateral relations, Son said.

 
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