Lao traditional New Year celebrated in Hanoi hinh anh 1Vietnamese and Lao participates at the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh wished the Party, State and people of Laos happiness and a successful New Year when attending a ceremony to welcome their traditional Bun Pi May festival held by the Lao Embassy in Hanoi April 12.

Thinh congratulated Laos on its achievements in national construction and defence, and in socio-economic development, saying that the role and position of the country is growing in the region and international arena.

The Vietnamese Party, State and people will always work with the Party, State and people of Laos to deepen traditional friendship between the two countries, she affirmed.

She expressed her belief that the country will achieve greater successes in implementing targets set by the Lao Party and State, thus contributing to building Laos into a country of peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity.

Lao Ambassador Thongsavanh Phomvihane highlighted the success of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year in 2017, saying 2018 opens a new opportunity for the two countries to develop their relationship.

2018 is also an important year for Laos as the country is implementing the 10th Party Congress’s Resolution and the 2016-2020 socio-economic development plan, he noted.

The ambassador thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their valuable assistance for his country.

The Bun Pi May festival, the traditional New Year festival of Laos falls on April 14 to 16, with several ceremonies and prayers for good weather, an abundant harvest and prosperity.-VNA