Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) receives Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association President Vilayvong Bouddakham (Photo: VOV)

HCM City (VNA) – Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan had a meeting with a delegation from the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association, led by its President Vilayvong Bouddakham, in the city on August 24.

At the meeting, Nhan stressed that the special friendship, nurtured and developed by leaders and people of both countries, had become a priceless shared asset that requires preservation and promotion by younger generations.

Ho Chi Minh City has always exerted efforts to organise diverse cooperation activities with the Lao side to further strengthen the friendship, including delegation exchange, experience sharing, and affiliation in economy, technology, education, and people-to-people exchanges, he noted.

Nhan also conveyed his sympathy for the losses of the Lao people in the recent natural disaster and hydropower dam collapse in Attapeu.

The official also expressed his hope that the Lao delegation’s visit would help promote relationships between the friendship associations of Vietnam and Laos, thereby reinforcing and developing the sound neighbourliness and special friendship between the people of Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Vietnam in general, and Laos.

For his part, Bouddakham congratulated Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City on the recent socio-economic achievements, describing them as an encouragement for Laos in its national construction.

He thanked the Vietnamese side for their timely and helpful support, especially during the recent disasters in Laos.

Bouddakham said he believes that despite the changing world situation, Vietnam-Laos ties will remain stable and thriving.

In the future, the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association will continue increasing cooperation activities with the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association to launch new people-to-people exchanges, contributing to preserving, reinforcing, and developing the special friendship of the two countries’ people.–VNA