Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception for First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union Vilayvong Bouddakham in Hanoi on December 14.

Bouddakham, who is also Vice President of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association, is in Vietnam from December 10-17 to join activities highlighting the footprints of Laos’ late President Kaysone Phomvihane.

Deputy PM Phuc said the activities are to give Lao officials an insight into the late Lao President’s revolutionary career in Vietnam and the close-knit ties between Vietnam and Laos.

He also agreed with his guest’s proposal to continue preserving Lao relic sites in Vietnam, making them venues of exchange to boost bilateral friendship and solidarity.

Bouddakham informed his host that the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association and the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association launched activities highlighting the footprints of the late President Ho Chi Minh in Laos in May to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary.

The guest briefed the Deputy PM about his trips to relic sites in the northern provinces of Son La, Hoa Binh and Tuyen Quang, where witnessed historic events of the Lao revolution.

He said following the visit, the two friendship associations will hold more activities to strengthen people-to-people external relations.-VNA