Lao Party General Secretary and State President Choummaly Sayasone begins his official friendship visit to Vietnam on August 8.

The visit is being made at the invitations of Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang.

The Lao leader is accompanied by Thoonglun Sisulit, Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Lao Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Somsavath Lengsavad, Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Subcommittee; Bunpon Buttanavong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee and Head of the Lao Party Central Committee’s Office; Phankham Viphavan, Politburo member, Minister of Education and Sports, President of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association, and other high-ranking officials./.