Laos president vows to deepen ties with Malaysia

Fri, Nov 26, 2010
Vientiane Times/Asia News Network

President Choummaly Sayasone has assured the Malaysian King that Laos will continue to deepen cooperation with Malaysia for the mutual benefit of the two peoples, Malaysian media reported.

“We share the common aspiration that our two nations will continue to foster closer collaboration to further enhance the friendly relations, cooperation and mutual assistance both within regional and international frameworks,” President Choummaly was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

The Lao president made the speech when he met with Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on November 24 at the National Banquet at the Istana Negera Palace, Malaysia, where he and his delegation were guests of honour.

The president arrived in Malaysia earlier that day for a three-day state visit, the first by a Lao president to the country.

President Choummaly confirmed the shared aim “to bring about long-term benefits for our peoples while contributing to maintaining durable peace, stability and development cooperation in the region and the world at large.”

The president’s visit has taken place amidst growing bilateral friendly relations and cooperation between the two Asean member countries, a press release from the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Both sides expressed satisfaction with the fruitfulness of growing friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries and peoples.

Each highly valued the result of such cooperation and mutual assistance in various fields, which has brought benefit to the two peoples, contributing to the creation of peace and development in the region and world at large, the press release said.

The Malaysian king hopes that Malaysia and Laos can continue to maintain cooperation in the interest of both countries so their peoples can live in prosperity, reported the New Straits Times.

The King was confident that relations between Malaysia and Laos have the potential to continue growing despite the various challenges currently facing the world.

“On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year, I hope the peoples of the two countries will continue to cooperate to further strengthen friendship and understanding,” the King was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

“This is to ensure long-lasting peace and stability in the Asean region for mutual benefits,” he added.

King Tuanku Mizan said both countries should use the positive development in tourist arrivals in the two countries over the past few years to further strengthen relations between the peoples of the two countries, especially among young people and students.

“This will contribute significantly to efforts to realise the objective of forming the Asean Economic Community before 2015,” he said.

“The bilateral relation that is moving towards a more meaningful level is something that we take pride in. This can be seen from the signing of several agreements and memorandums of understanding during the official visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to Laos recently,” the King said.

On the same day, the Lao president received a courtesy visit from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and congratulated Malaysia on the progress made in developing the nation, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release said.

The King hosted a dinner in honour of the Lao president and his delegation on the same day.

-Vientiane Times/Asia News Network