Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam – Laos Friendship Association (VLFA) in collaboration with the Lao Embassy organised a ceremony in Hanoi on November 28 to mark the 43rd anniversary of Lao National Day (December 2, 1975 – 2018).

Speaking at the event, VLFA President Tran Van Tuy highlighted the fruitful growth of the traditional friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

Based on successful outcomes of the Vietnam – Laos friendship and solidarity year 2017, the sides have implemented joint projects at national and local levels and expanded their people-to-people exchange, he added.

Tuy noted that bilateral engagements in education and training are a priority of the relations. Despite economic difficulties, the two governments have spent significant parts of their budgets on human resources training, with a large number of Lao students sent to study in Vietnam.

Tuy said his association has worked closely with various educational establishments to support Lao students in Vietnam and have organised many activities for them, including cultural exchanges and musical and sport events.

He urged the Lao students to make contributions to their home country and to the ties between the two countries.

For his part, Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane stressed the special relations between Laos and Vietnam have been continuously expanding over time.

He said Vietnam’s development progress and increasing role at regional and international forums that he witnessed during his three-year tenure in the country is a source of encouragement for Lao people in building their country following the socialist orientation.

On the occasion, the VLFA presented certificates of merit and gifts for 16 Lao students with outstanding academic performance while studying in Vietnam.-VNA