VIENTIANE, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Laos and Brunei have elevated their ties to a strategic partnership, during a state visit to Laos by Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah from Monday to Wednesday.
The visit was made at an invitation from Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith, aimed to further enhance the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries as they mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties, according to a press statement released by Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.
An official welcome ceremony was held at the Presidential office on Tuesday in the Lao capital of Vientiane, after which the Lao and Brunei leaders held talks to review bilateral relations and cooperation over the past three decades and discussed future cooperation.
The two sides agreed to elevate their ties to a strategic partnership, promote greater economic cooperation between two countries, especially in trade and investment, and intensify promotion in tourism and energy generation.
After the talks, the two leaders signed a joint declaration on the Laos-Brunei Strategic Partnership. ■