Vientiane (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang has decided to present the third-class Independence Order and the Friendship Order to 17 officials of the External Affairs Commission of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee to honour their contributions to the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos.

The decision was made on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries and 40 years of signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.

Also on this occasion, the External Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee decided to present the “For the cause of the Party's foreign affairs” insignia to six officials of the Lao commission.

Hoang Binh Quan, head of Vietnam’s External Affairs Commission, presented the third-class Independence Order, the Friendship Order and Medal, and the insignia to the Lao officials at a ceremony in Vientiane on February 4.

On behalf of the officials, Somdy Bounkhouom, deputy head of the Lao commission who has received the third-class Independence Order, pledged to do his utmost to preserve and make the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation ever green and stable.-VNA