Delegates visit ​a Lao revolutionary relic site in Tuyen Quang province (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A symposium spotlighting the activities of late Lao President Kaysone Phomvihane in Vietnam was held in Hanoi on December 14 as part of a series of events to mark his 95th birthday (December 13, 1920).

Director of the Institute of Science Studies for Talents, Human Resource (ISSTH) Dam Duc Vuong said President Kaysone Phomvihane had led Laos’ resistance wars against France and America to victory, with the offensive and uprising in 1975 at the peak of their triumph, resulting in the establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) on December 2, 1975.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnam – Laos Friendship Association Ta Minh Chau said President Kaysone Phomvihane was not only an excellent leader and unyielding revolutionist of the Laos Party and people, but also a close-knit and faithful friend of Vietnam.

During his stay in Vietnam, the President visited Lao Kho village in Son La province where the Northern Lao Volunteer Team was founded in 1948; the site observing the preparatory meeting of the second congress of the Lao People’s Party (now the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party) in Hoa Binh province; the location where the first armed forces of Laos (the Latsavong unit) was set up in Phu Tho province; and the Lao revolutionary relic site in Tuyen Quang province.

These sites witnessed the close-knit friendship between Vietnam and Laos nurtured by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomvihane.

Vice Chairman of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association Vilayvong Bouddakham thanked the Vietnamese counterpart and localities for welcoming a delegation of over 40 Lao officials to the programme, themed: “Following the footprints of President Kaysone Phomvihane in Vietnam”.

He expressed his confidence that the symposium will help people, especially younger generations of the two countries, better understand their special bilateral and time-honoured relations.-VNA