PM Modi, Laotian counterpart hold bilateral talks

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met with his Laotian counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith here.

The two leaders discussed developmental cooperation and partnership in trade and Human Resource Development (HRD) in the bilateral meeting.

External Affairs Ministry (EAM) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar branded the relationship between the two countries as “longstanding, friendly and mutually supportive”.

“Longstanding, friendly and mutually supportive relations! In his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Lao PDR, Thongloun Sisoulith, PM @narendramodi discussed developmental cooperation, and partnership in trade and HRD.#aseanindia”, Kumar lettered in a Twitter post.

Earlier in the day, in an unprecedented move, the leaders of 10 ASEAN countries – Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei graced the Republic Day parade as chief guests in the national capital.

India hosted a two-day India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit which is expected to give a boost to the cooperation in key areas of counter-terrorism, security and connectivity.

The summit marks 25 years of Indo-ASEAN ties. (ANI)