Friendship associations work to cement Vietnam-Lao relations hinh anh 1An art exchange between Vietnam and Laos (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Chairmen of Vietnamese and Lao friendship associations held talks in Hanoi on November 19 on furthering their coordination to strengthen the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

Chairman of the Vietnam – Laos Friendship Association Tran Van Tuy and Chairman of the Laos – Vietnam Friendship Association Vilayvong Bouddakham highlighted the bilateral faithful relations which were nurtured by generations of Vietnamese and Lao Party and State’ leaders and peoples.

They informed each other on the socio-economic situation as well as recent friendship activities in their respective countries.

The two sides agreed to focus on the celebration of significant events in 2017 such as the 55 th founding anniversary of Vietnam – Laos diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962) and the 40 years of signing the Vietnam – Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (September 18, 1977).

They suggested increasing communication campaigns about the special friendship and comprehensive collaboration between Vietnam and Laos, with a focus on young people.

The two associations agreed to co-organise the fourth Laos – Vietnam People’s Friendship Festival in Laos in 2017, and jointly publish a special publication on the bilateral rapports in June the same year.-VNA