Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh welcomes Vientiane Mayor hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh shakes hands with Mayor of Vientiane, Laos, Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh on October 12 hosted a reception for Mayor of Vientiane, Laos, Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune who is in Hanoi for experience exchange between the two capital cities.

The Deputy PM praised the special relations between Vietnam and Laos, saying Vietnam always attaches importance to maintaining and developing the ties which have been nurtured by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomvihane as well as generations of leaders.

He showed his delight at the growing cooperation between the two countries’ localities, particularly that of Hanoi and Vientiane which has seen strong progress in economics, education, culture, social affairs, healthcare, agriculture and people-to-people exchange.

He hoped that the two cities will continue working closely, exchanging information and experience, and supporting each other in all fields. He suggested Vientiane bolster effective and practical cooperation with other cities and provinces in Vietnam to further consolidate the friendship and solidarity between the two nations and peoples.

Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, for his part, informed Deputy Prime Minister Binh on results of the talks with Secretary of the Hanoi Party’s Committee Hoang Trung Hai a day earlier, during which the two sides shared hands-on experience and successful models in building and developing each capital city. They also agreed on various measures to further step up their bilateral partnership in economics, culture, healthcare, people-to-people exchange and more.

The Lao Mayor said he looks forward to continued support from the Government of Vietnam for Vientiane to expand cooperation with Hanoi as well as other Vietnamese localities.–VNA