Lao Consul General to Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City Duongsonthi Thetlakhone and President of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association Phan Xuan Bien both stated that solidarity has been the joint strength of Vietnam and Laos throughout their shared history.

The two diplomats made the statement at a ceremony in HCM City on Dec. 1 to mark the 34th anniversary of Laos ’ National Day.

They recalled important historical milestones in the struggles for national liberation of each country.

The Lao Consul General briefed about his country’s achievements in economy and poverty reduction.

Meanwhile, Bien spoke about cooperation between cities and provinces of Vietnam and Laos, which have brought great benefits to the people of the two countries.

HCM City helped Laos build many factories, farms and cultural projects. The city also helped carry out eye surgeries for Lao patients./.