Laos, Malaysia Vow to Further Strengthen Ties

VIENTIANE, 26 Jun -- Menteri Luar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (kiri) dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Luar Laos Saleumxay Kommasith dalam mesyuarat bilateral yang diadakan di Kementerian Luar Laos hari ini. Mesyuarat yang berlangsung selama satu jam itu diadakan menjelang lawatan rasmi dua hari Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Laos yang bermula hari ini. -- fotoBERNAMA (2023) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

The governments of Laos and Malaysia agreed to further cooperation in areas with strong potential and shared views on emerging regional and international situations of mutual interest.

A bilateral meeting between Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith and Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Zambry Abdul Kadir was held in Lao capital Vientiane on Monday.

The two ministers reviewed cooperation between Laos and Malaysia since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1966 and were in agreement about the value of their friendship and cooperation, which has seen continuous growth over the years in the fields such as defense, trade, investment, energy, education and banking, Lao News Agency reported.

Both countries will continue to cooperate and support each other in regional and international arenas, especially within ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the United Nations’ frameworks.

At the meeting, the two ministers also discussed Laos’ preparations to assume the chairmanship of ASEAN and launch the Visit Laos Year tourism program in 2024. Malaysia will assist Laos in becoming the ASEAN chair next year.

Saleumxay expressed thanks for the support and assistance from the government and people of Malaysia, especially the assistance for human resource development provided through the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program, training funds as well as assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the report.