Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid a two-day visit to Laos over the weekend during the Lao New Year Bunpimay Festival.

The visit was made at the invitation of General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Choummaly Sayasone.

The Vietnamese Party leader extended his best New Year wishes to LPRP leader Sayasone in Attapeu province, along with the former President of Laos Khamtay Siphandone in Champasak province, as well as local authorities in the two provinces.

At the meetings with Lao officials in the two southern provinces, he expressed the belief that with the leadership of the LPRP, the people of Laos will overcome all difficulties and challenges to gain greater achievements in building a peaceful, independent, democratic, united and prosperous nation.

He displayed his happiness about the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, states and peoples.

He confirmed that in any circumstances, Vietnam will do its best to help Laos maintain and foster this valuable relationship to pass along to the future generations.

Further, the Lao officials congratulated Vietnam for achievements gained by the Party and the people in previous years, and said the Lao Party, government and people will do their best to maintain the traditional friendship with Vietnam.

Local authorities in the two provinces also informed the Vietnamese Party leader about the social and economic development, as well as their cooperation with Vietnamese localities.

During his stay, General Secretary Trong also visited the Vietnamese Consulate in the southern region of Laos, covering the four provinces of Attapeu, Saravane, Sekong and Champasak.

He met with the Vietnamese community in the four provinces and Vietnamese entrepreneurs who are investing in the region.-VNA