Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met with Sengnouane Sayalat, Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolution Party Central Committee and Deputy Minister of Defence, in Hanoi on August 6.

Sengnouane Sayalat, who is also chief of the General Political Department of the Lao People’s Army, briefed his host on the outcome of the talks his delegation held with their Vietnamese counterparts, as well as the achievements of the cooperation and mutual support between the two Defence Ministries over the past years.

He affirmed that his ministry will continue to closely coordinate with Vietnam ’s Ministry of Defence to effectively implement the signed protocol and activities in celebrating the current Friendship and Solidarity Year between the two nations.

The Lao official congratulated Vietnam on the successes that the country has achieved during the past years, expressing his gratitude for the effective and wholehearted support that Vietnam has given to Laos in the past, as well as at present. Laos will do their utmost to preserve and develop the special relations between the two countries, he said.

Trong expressed his delight at the fine development of the special relationship and solidarity that Vietnam and Laos have enjoyed, which will be further comprehensively and effectively enhanced.

He praised the close and effective coordination that the two sides, especially the Defence Ministries, have implemented in various practical activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year, attracting the involvement of numerous people.

Trong spoke highly of the visit’s outcome, saying that he hopes the two ministries will continue to develop their tradition to successfully perform all the given tasks, ensuring the implementation of the signed protocol, as well as political stability and security, and social order in each country.

He also asked the two ministries to boost delegation exchanges, sharing information and experience, as well as helping each other to train personnel.

On the occasion, Trong sent his regards to Lao Party leader and President Choumaly Sayasone and other Party and State leaders of Laos .

Earlier, the Lao guests held talks with a Vietnamese delegation, led by Sen. Lieut. Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Secretary of Party Central Committee and head of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army.

The two sides assessed the implementation of cooperation plans between the two general departments of politics since 2011 and discussed orientations for their future cooperation in various fields.

The same day, General Phung Quang Thanh, Politburo member and Minister of National Defence, received the Lao delegation.-VNA