Vientiane (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos held a banquet in Vientiane on August 31 celebrating the 73rd anniversary of National Day of Vietnam (September 2).

Speaking at the reception, Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung recalled the historical event on September 2, 1945, at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi when President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Independence Declaration, declaring to the world the independence and birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

He added that Vietnam and Laos successfully held the Year of Solidarity and Friendship celebrating the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of Vietnam – Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation with diverse activities last year.

Vietnam remains one of the largest investors and trade partners of Laos. Cooperation in education-training, human resources development, national defence-security, diplomacy, and social safety and order have been strengthened, he stressed.

The ambassador affirmed that the Vietnamese Party, State and people are always fully aware that during the cause of national construction and defence, Vietnam has always been receiving valuable support of international friends, especially fraternal Lao Party, State and people.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, Hung expressed sincere thanks to the Lao fellows for standing united with and assisting Vietnam over the past years.

A similar event was also held in Mozambique on August 30.-VNA