Vietnamese, Lao security officers strengthen friendship hinh anh 1Young officers of the General Security Departments of Vietnam and Laos (Source: VNA)
Vientiane (VNA) – Young officers of the General Security Departments of Vietnam and Laos enjoyed cultural and sport activities in Vientiane, Laos, on September 25.

The activities are part of an exchange programme organised by the two countries’ Ministries of Public Security to mark the 2017 Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year, the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

The officers competed in badminton, football and petanque.

Other cultural and sport activities will take place in Laos’ Xieng Khouang and Houaphane provinces where Vietnamese and Lao soldiers fought together in the past.

Lieut. Gen. Vi Van Long, deputy head of the Vietnamese General Security Department, said young Vietnamese and Lao officers will also visit historical sites in the two provinces.

Earlier the same day, Long met Lao Deputy Minister of Public Security Major General Somvang Thammasith, who said the exchange programme helps educate the officers about revolutionary traditions and the special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos.

This is also an opportunity for the two departments to increase their mutual understanding, contributing to maintaining political security and national construction and defence in each nation, he said.

The programme will last until September 28.-VNA