Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) meets with Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone on October 25 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan met with Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone on October 25, noting that his city is to make concerted efforts to promote cooperation with Lao localities.

Nhan, who is also a Politburo member, welcomed the Lao delegation’s working visit, which is made amid the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation and the 55th founding anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic relations.

He noted that HCM City will make all-out efforts to enhance cooperation with and assist Lao localities’ development. The city considers this its responsibility for joining entire Vietnam in fostering the two countries’ faithful friendship.

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Lauding the flourishing special amity, Deputy PM Sonexay Siphandone thanked HCM City for its close friendship and coordination with Lao localities to organise fruitful cooperation programmes in 2017, greatly helping to educate younger generations on bilateral ties.

He appreciated HCM City’s support to Laos, especially in development assistance, investment and trade, asking the southern city of Vietnam to continue cooperating with Lao localities, particularly in experience sharing, manpower quality improvement and investment, thereby bringing about practical benefits to Laos.-VNA