At the ground-breaking ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Vientiane on January 19 to start a project on the maintenance and upgrade of the Lao Military History Museum as a gift from the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence to its Lao counterpart.

The ceremony was attended by General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member and Minister of Defence, and his Lao counterpart Chansamon Chanyalath.

Speaking at the event, Lt. Gen. Noethong Phomlavong, Deputy Chief of the General Political Department of the Lao People’s Army, said the project is of great significance and a new landmark in the special relation of friendship and solidarity between the two sides. He also expressed gratitude to the party, State and people of Vietnam for their attention and assistance to the Lao People’s Army.

Representatives of the Vietnamese constructor guaranteed the completion of the project as scheduled with the highest quality.

The project is started on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the Lao People’s Army. It costs nearly 37 billion VND (about 1.6 million USD), covers 5,655 square metres and is scheduled to complete in September this year.-VNA