Vietnam Pictorial (VNP) of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on Oct. 12 officially added Lao as the eighth language on its website .

The event marks the 57 th anniversary of the first publication of VNP magazine (Oct. 15).

Vu Trong Kim, Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, and President of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association; Nguyen Duc Loi, VNA Director General; and Hoa Laochong Cua, Counsellor of the Lao Embassy in Vietnam, attended the launch.

Together with the printed version in Lao language first published in July 1978, the new web page is expected to provide readers with rapid and accurate information about Vietnam and Laos , contributing to boosting the special solidarity and friendship between the two countries.

Available in 125 countries and territories, VNP has worked as an important external channel of the Party and State over the past 57 years with both traditional and electronic versions.

VNP is also working on other information genres such as television, photo slide shows and exhibitions./.