An art performance staged by Lao students in Ho Chi Minh City at the ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisation (HUFO) on November 28 held a ceremony to mark the 43rd anniversary of Laos’ National Day (December 2).

In her remarks, Nguyen Thi My Tien, Vice President of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association’s HCM City chapter, highlighted the close-knit relations between the two countries during the past struggle for national independence as well as the present national construction and protection.

The traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation have been an invaluable asset shared by the two nations, she said.

Tien congratulated the Lao people on achievements they have recorded over the past time under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and affirmed that Vietnam and HCM City in particular will work together with Laos to cultivate the relationship.

Echoing Tien’s views, Lao Consul General to HCM City Somxay Sanamoune said the Vietnam-Laos special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation have been deepened across fields, bringing pragmatic benefits to both sides.

The Lao people will join hands with their Vietnamese friends to preserve and promote the relations, he pledged.-VNA