Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong welcomes Laos Vice President hinh anh 1Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Vice President of Laos Phankham Viphavanh (L) 
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Laos should continue working to deepen their political ties, coordinate closely in defence, security, and external affairs, improve economic, cultural, education, scientific and technological links, and step up ministry, sector and locality affiliations, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said.

He made the remarks at his reception for Politburo member, standing member of the Secretariat of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, and Vice President of Laos Phankham Viphavanh and his entourage in Hanoi on July 18.

The Lao guests are in Hanoi for the 55th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and the ceremony marking 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

The Party chief stated that Vietnam strongly supports the reform in Laos and expressed his belief that Lao people will gain new and bigger achievements in the effort.

He said he is glad that the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries have been growing efficiently across the board, contributing hugely to each country’s nation-building and defence cause as well as to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large. 

The two sides should be proactively implementing productively reached agreements, coordinate in soundly organizing activities of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017, and disseminate widely the bilateral special friendship among their young people, and friends worldwide, he noted.

Phankham Viphavanh was delighted that the growing Laos-Vietnam ties have brought tangible benefits for the two countries’ people, and thanked Vietnam for its immense and productive help to Lao people.

He asserted that Laos will work together with Vietnam to foster, preserve, and promote the special Laos-Vietnam relations to pass it on younger generations, and implement reached agreements efficiently.-VNA