Lao officials praise Vietnamese voluntary soldiers, experts’ role hinh anh 1Vietnam-Laos combatant alliance in the fight against France in 1950s (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – The Vietnamese voluntary army in Laos, founded on October 30, 1949, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Lao revolutionary army during the war time to defend the Lao people and assist their revolutionary cause, Lao officials have affirmed.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad said based on their voluntary spirit, the Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts sided with the Lao armed forces in the fight against the French colonialists and US imperialists, making great contributions to deepening the friendship and special solidarity between the two nations.

Meanwhile, former Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Sayasone told Vietnam News Agency correspondents that the armed forces of both nations stood with each other during fierce battles across Laos.

Vietnamese and Lao officials make regular visits and have worked to boost mutual trust, so bilateral ties in the fields of economy, culture and society have developed, he said, stressing that profound solidarity is the decisive factor for the socio-economic development of each nation.

Laying a stress on the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity, Sounthone Xayachack, head of the Commission for External Relations of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, said the two countries have supported each other since they set up diplomatic relations in 1962.

Their traditional relations serve as a foundation to defeat the French colonialists and US imperialists, as well as successfully build prosperous nations as oriented by the two Parties and peoples./.