NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong met with government and military officials from northern Laos who attend Vietnamese language training courses in Son La. (Photo: VNA)

Son La (VNA)
– National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong on June 28 met with governmental and military officials from northern Laos who will attend Vietnamese language training courses in the northern province of Son La this year.

Speaking at the meeting, Secretary of the Son La province Party Committee Hoang Van Chat said his province will host Vietnamese language courses for 104 officials from eight northern Lao provinces while professional training will be provided to 30 others from Lao border guard forces in Huaphanh and Luang Prabang provinces.

Another 40 officials will be admitted to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Vietnam.

The Lao students will receive lessons in Vietnamese listening, speaking, reading, writing and intensive Vietnamese for specific fields, including social affairs, science, forestry, engineering and economics.

They will be provided free accommodation and opportunities to go on field trips and take part in extracurricular activities.

Welcoming the Lao officials, Phong, who is on a visit to Son La, hailed the close and faithful relationship between Vietnam and Laos, which was founded by President Ho Chi Minh and President Kaysone Phomvihane, and has been fostered by generations of Party and State leaders and people of the two countries.

She praised Son La for organising such training courses, noting that they will contribute to strengthening bilateral ties.-VNA