Scene at the event (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – The Embassy of Vietnam in Laos hosted a banquet welcoming the Lunar New Year on the night of January 25.

Minister of Defence of Laos Chansamone Chanyalath, Governor of Vientiane capital city Sinlavong Khutphaythoun, officials from Lao ministries, sectors and localities, Overseas Vietnamese, Vietnamese investors and students attended the function.

Addressing the event, Ambassador of Vietnam to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung said though dealing with big challenges in 2018, Vietnam and Laos continued maintaining their socio-political stability, defence and security, and their economic growth was high in the world.

In the year, the special friendship and solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries continued growing to contribute to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the globe, he said.

He thanked Laos for always giving wholehearted assistance to Vietnam and prompt support for the Embassy of Vietnam and Vietnamese businesses and people there.

On behalf of the Laos Party, State and people, Minister of Defence Chansamone Chanyalath congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in 2018.

He expressed his profound thanks to Vietnam for always sending timely immense and efficient assistance to Laos in its past struggle for the national liberation and the current nation building and defence.

He said Vietnam’s growing role and position on the regional and global arenas will contribute positively to preserving peace, stability, and cooperation for development in the region and the world at large.

He wished Vietnamese people would reap greater successes in 2019.-VNA