VIENTIANE — President Võ Văn Thưởng meet with Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone in Vientiane on Monday as part of his official visit to the country. PM Sonexay Siphandone highly valued his guest’s selection of Laos as the first destination to visit as President of Việt Nam, which shows the importance that the Vietnamese Party, State, and President attach to the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. He affirmed that he and his Vietnamese counterpart, Phạm Minh Chính, have been keeping a close watch on and promoting the implementation of the countries’ agreements to ensure cooperation projects meet targets. They also highly valued the completion of many outstanding cooperation projects, agreeing to promote other key projects, creating a favourable and transparent environment for investment ties, foster cooperation in education - training, science, innovation, and digital transformation, and reinforcing links between Vietnamese and Lao localities, especially border ones. The leaders also concurred in increasing the exchange of views and mutual support at multilateral forums, particularly the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and cooperation mechanisms in the Mekong sub-region, including the Cambodia-Laos- Việt Nam Development Triangle Area.