Scene at the conference review Thua Thien - Hue's cooperation programme with Laos’ Salavan province in building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 2012-2018 period (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – A conference took place in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on July 24 to review its cooperation programme with Laos’ Salavan province in building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 2012-2018 period.

The programme was carried out by the provincial chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Lao Front for National Construction’s chapter in Salavan.

As heard at the conference, in order to develop border relations with Salavan over the past six years, Thua Thien-Hue sent several delegations to the Lao province for exchanges and meetings, and organised communication programmes to raise awareness of the local A Luoi mountain district and Salavan residents on building a borderline of peace and friendship.

The two provinces were said to maintain decent relations between their twin villages and border forces. Thanks to support from Salavan authorities, in 2017, the search team under the Thua Thien-Hue Military High Command was able to find the remains of 13 Vietnamese martyrs in Laos.

The sides have worked closely in the fields of healthcare, culture, sports, tourism, defence and security, as well as in searching for Vietnamese martyrs’ remains in Laos.

Thua Thien-Hue has offered 10 scholarships each year for students from Salavan.

Speaking at the function, Standing Vice Secretary of the Thua Thien-Hue Party Committee Bui Thanh Ha suggested both localities build plans for communications campaigns on border friendship, as well as Vietnam-Laos comprehensive cooperation. The campaigns should access people from all walks of life, particularly those living along the border zones, the official said.

Ha recommended the sides continue completing their grassroots-level political systems in border areas, exchanging information and experience, and carrying out front cooperation. 

Thua Thien-Hue shares an 80km borderline with several Lao localities. Currently, 469 Lao students are studying in the province.–VNA