Ho Chi Minh City will do its utmost to promote the sound traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation with its twinning cities in Laos, including Vientiane.

This pledge was made by Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Vice Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee on behalf of two collectives and six individuals in the city who were awarded with orders and medals by the Lao State.

Soukan Mahalath, Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee and Mayor of Vientiane, presented the decorations to the Vietnamese officials at a ceremony on December 3. He stressed that the Party, Government and people of Laos always bear in their mind the contributions of Vietnamese comrades to Laos’ revolution, both in the struggle for national independence and the current national construction.

Earlier, Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City’s Party Committee Le Thanh Hai hosted a reception for Soukan Mahalath and his entourage from Vientiane. At the reception, leaders of two cities expressed their delight at the strong development in all aspects of the two localities in particular and the two countries in general.-VNA