On October 8, 2018, the press conference on the outcome of the bilateral meeting between Laos-Japan was held at the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan, detailed as following:
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have highly valued the bilateral cooperation between the two countries under the Mekong-Japan cooperation framework, especially the implementation of the activities under Tokyo Strategy 2015 and Action Plan for Realising Tokyo Strategy 2016-2018.
Both premiers noted in their joint statement on Oct 8 that the activities of Tokyo Strategy 2015 have been implemented effectively.
The two prime ministers agreed to continue deepening the cooperation between the two countries and upgraded the relations between the Mekong countries and Japan to strategic partnership and promoted the socio-economic development for the prosperity of people in the Mekong region as well as the enhancement of the relations and cooperation between Laos and Japan.
Prime Minister Thongloun told his Japanese counterpart that Laos is ready to take part in implementing Tokyo Strategy 2018 adopted at the 9th Mekong-Japan Summit 2018.
Both sides appreciated the progress in implementing the Laos-Japan cooperation plan designed to help Laos achieve the goals of its 8th five-year socio-economic development plan, strategy 2025 and vision 2030 in the near future.
Prime Minister Thongloun expressed sympathy to the government and people of Japan over losses and damages caused by natural disasters especially flooding, landslides, typhoons and earthquakes over the recent months and said that the Lao PDR is grateful to the government and people of Japan for their prompt priceless assistance to the Lao PDR to relieve the suffering caused by flooding in Sanamxay district, Attapeu Province.
Prime Minister Thongloun also expressed thanks to the government of Japan for its commitment to continue to support basic infrastructure development and UXO clearance, and provide financial assistance to Laos.
The two premiers also witnessed the signing of two agreements: a financial support worth 900 million yen from the Japanese government for the removal of unexploded ordnance in southern Laos, and technical cooperation between the Friendship Hospital of Laos and Kitahara Neurosurgical Institute of Japan.