Laos awards the Order of Friendship to the People’s Committee of Dien Bien province and third-class Order of Labour to the province’s police. (Photo: VNA)

Dien Bien (VNA) – Laos has awarded the Order of Friendship to the People’s Committee of Dien Bien province and third-class Order of Labour to the province’s police.

At a ceremony held in Dien Bien Phu city on May 23, Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Luang Namtha province of Laos Pheththavone Philavan, on the behalf of the Lao President, presented the orders to the People’s Committee and the police of the northern mountainous province.

In his remarks, the Lao Governor said Dien Bien was a base for the Lao revolution during the country’s struggle for liberation while Vietnamese voluntary troops participated in campaigns to liberate northern Laos, including Luang Namtha province in 1962.

In recent years, Dien Bien and Luang Namtha have expanded cooperation in the fields of trade, services, tourism and culture. Dien Bien has supported Luang Namtha in culture, social affairs, agriculture and forestry, defence-security and human resources training while Dien Bien’s police has provided more than 300,000 USD in financial aid for the socio-economic development in the Lao province.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dien Bien Mua A Son thanked the government and people of Laos for the gesture. He said he hopes that the relations between Vietnam and Laos as well as Dien Bien and Luang Namtha will be further strengthened and developed in the time ahead, contributing to the stronger bond of friendship between the two countries.-VNA