At the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan granted the city’s badge to outgoing Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Somphone Sichaleune during a reception on September 28 .

Speaking highly of the diplomat’s working tenure in Vietnam, Quan said that the insignia is in recognition of his contributions to boosting cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and Laos as well as the friendship and solidarity between the two nations.

The city’s leaders and people continue to foster mutual cooperation between the city and Lao localities, contributing to the solidarity between the two nations, Quan added.

For his part, the ambassador expressed his appreciation for the support the city’s authorities and its people have provided to him and the people of Laos over the past few years.

He also called for promoting communication campaigns and education to raise awareness across Vietnamese and Lao youths of the special relations between the two nations as well as between the city and Lao localities, including Vientiane and Champasak.

Previously, he was received by Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai.-VNA