Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh (front, centre) arrives at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on January 8 morning (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Politburo member and Prime Minister of Laos Phankham Viphavanh arrived in Hanoi on January 8 morning, begining his official visit to Vietnam from January 8-10 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh. The Lao PM is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Naitonal Defence Chansamone Chanyalath; Deputy PM, Minister of Planning and Investment and Chairman of the Laos - Vietnam Cooperation Committee Sonexay Siphandone; Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, and other ministers and officials. It is the first visit by a foreign high-ranking leader to Vietnam this year, showing determination of the two countries’ leaders in promoting Vietnam - Laos special ties and effectively carrying out the Vietnam - Laos Joint Statement in June 2021. It is also the first meaningful event within the framework of the Vietnam - Laos, Laos - Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship in order to further tighten bilateral special relationship./.