MINSK, 19 August (BelTA) – Belarus and Laos are interested in intensifying bilateral dialogue in all areas, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said during an online meeting with President of the National Assembly of the Lao People's Democratic Republic Saysomphone Phomvihane, BelTA has learned.
“The initiative to hold today's meeting shows our determination to ramp up Belarus-Laos dialogue across all areas of mutual interest. Today's world is changing and not for the better. And in this situation, we must use parliamentary tools to strengthen and expand friendly contacts, both within the framework of bilateral relations and in international organizations in order to promote a peaceful, unifying agenda,” said Vladimir Andreichenko. “We have built solid groundwork for this. In April 2014, President of the National Assembly, now Vice-President of Laos Pany Yathotou came to Belarus on an official visit. A cooperation agreement was signed between the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus and the National Assembly of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. We are ready to update it if needed,” he said.
The speaker recalled that in line with the agreement, working groups on Belarus-Lao cooperation were set up in the parliaments of the two countries. “Our immediate task is to give a boost to their work. They should put forward new ideas and suggest new areas of cooperation, act as an effective platform to discuss bilateral contacts. Moreover, there are many areas where we can help the executive branch to expand interstate cooperation. These are trade and economy, culture, education and science, mutual support in inter-parliamentary platforms,” he said.