Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said on Thursday that his country supports a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council (UNSC).
"Laos PM said his country supported India as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded UNSC," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup informed the media after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Laos counterpart.
Swarup said that "both countries shared the same perspective" on the South China Sea issue.
An international arbitration tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in July decided in favour of the Philippines in its dispute with China over the South China Sea.
While the Philippines welcomed the vedict, China reacted angrily calling it "null and void".
A number of south-east Asian nations have disputes with Beijing over the South China Sea.
India has called for all parties concerned to respect the UN Convention for the Law of the Sea (Unclos).
According to Swarup, Sisoulith appreciated India's consistent support for Laos since the country's independence "particularly in areas of human resources development, agriculture, irrigation and power".