President Tran Dai Quang (R) welcomes Lao Vice President Phankham Viphavanh (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang welcomed a visit by Lao Vice President Phankham Viphavanh to join activities celebrating the Year of Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship during a reception in Hanoi on July 18.

Quang expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the Lao people would continue successfully implementing Resolution adopted by the 10th National Party Congress and the eighth five-year socio-economic development plan.

He said he is delighted at the success of the meeting between the two Politburos, the 39th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee and the recent visits by the two countries’ leaders.

The President informed his guest that the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat held a conference in May to instruct ministries, agencies and localities to implement the Vietnam-Laos high-level Agreement with an aim of making the bilateral ties work in the people’s interest.

The host asked the two countries to continue working closely together to hold activities celebrating the Year of Solidarity and Friendship between now and the year-end, contributing to educating the two people on the bilateral special relations.

Viphavanh, in reply, underscored the significance of educating young generations on the tradition of solidarity and special bond between the two Parties, States and peoples.

He also took the occasion to express his honour to confer his country’s most noble distinctions to Vietnamese Party and State leaders in recognition of their contributions to fostering solidarity, friendship, and close-knit attachment between the two nations. -VNA