Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith (C) during his visit to the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Lao Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith on April 26 visited the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (NPA) as part of his official friendly visit to Vietnam.

At a working session with the academy’s officials, lecturers and students, the Lao leader said his visit aims to further enhance the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, which were fostered by Presidents Ho Chi Minh, Kaysone Phomvihane and Souphanouvong, and preserved by the two countries’ revolutionary soldiers and people.

He thanked the academy for its assistance in training Lao officials, saying almost all those who received training at the school are now holding important positions in the country.

These officials have served as a bridge promoting the traditional friendship and special solidarity, the guest noted.

NPA Director Nguyen Xuan Thang said about 400 Lao officials study in the academy each year. After graduating, they have made noted contributions to national construction and development in their homeland as well as in bilateral relations.

The academy will continue to regard the training of Lao leaders, managers and researchers as its most important political task, he said, promising to improve training quality and create the best possible conditions for the Lao members to fulfill their missions.

Earlier, Bounnhang Volachith paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and laid wreaths at the Monument to Heroic Martyrs in Hanoi.

During his stay in Vietnam, the Lao leader held talks with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and met with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The visit, which is made at the invitation of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Tran Dai Quang, is the first trip abroad by Bounnhang Volachith as Lao Party General Secretary and President for 2016-2020.-VNA