Following is the text of a joint statement by the United States and Laos issued on July 13, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
In this 55th anniversary year of bilateral diplomatic relations, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Lao Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith met today for a cordial and productive discussion of common interests in Southeast Asia, and of growing areas of bilateral cooperation.
The United States and Laos continue their longtime cooperation in the search for Americans missing from the Indochina War, on clearance of unexploded ordnance remaining from the war, and on fighting drug addiction and illegal drug trafficking. More recently, the two countries have been working closely together on preventing the emergence of pandemic diseases, and continue to gradually expand military-to-military cooperation following the exchange of defense attachés. Secretary Clinton and Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith welcomed the signing of an "Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic" that will facilitate greater trade and tourism exchanges. They discussed the opportunities to expand the role of the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Lao PDR.
Secretary Clinton and Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith both emphasized that increasing exchanges and cooperation between the United States of America and the Lao PDR are producing mutual benefits and a constructive relationship contributing to peace, stability and cooperation for development in the region and the world.
While expressing his sincere thanks for the warm welcome extended him and his delegation, Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith invited Secretary Clinton to pay an official visit to the Lao PDR at a convenient time.