The Lao Ministry of National Defence held a meeting in Vientiane on September 2 to mark the 70 th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day.

In his speech at the event, Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath recalled the historic significance of the Declaration of Independence read by President Ho Chi Minh on September 2, 1945, marking the birth of an independent nation.

He lauded the achievements reaped by the neighbouring country since then.

The Deputy Minister stressed Vietnam’s achievements have been a source of encouragement to the entire Party, army and people of Laos in their national defence and construction.

For his part, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung thanked the Lao Party, State, army and people for their support to Vietnam over the last 70 years.

He affirmed that the Party and people of Vietnam will spare no effort in maintaining and strengthening their special solidarity, traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with the Party, State, army and people of Laos.-VNA