Major General Ngo Minh Tien, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (R) and Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast led by Major General Iuri Dmitrievich Sudakov (Source: http://www.qdnd.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - Major General Ngo Minh Tien, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army on September 18 hosted a reception for a delegation of veterans from Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast led by Major General Iuri Dmitrievich Sudakov.

During the reception, Major General Tien expressed his gratitude for the friendship and support given by the people and military of the former Soviet Union and the current Russia to Vietnam in its struggle for independence.

Generations of Vietnamese people are grateful for the precious help of the Russian people, he said, asserting his commitment to making the relations stronger.

For his part, Major General Sudakov said the delegation is glad to return to Vietnam and witness the country’s renewal and development.

He expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Southeast Asian nation will develop even further.

In the same day’s afternoon, Major General Tien received a delegation from the Military Science and History Department under the Lao Ministry of Defence, led by its General Director Major General Viengsay Somvichith.

Tien affirmed the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence appreciated the results of science research projects performed by the Military History Institute of Vietnam and Laos’ Military Science and History Department, including the “Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos” project.

These projects have contributed to educating young people of both countries, and assisting the scientific research on war history in the two nations.

Tien suggested the two sides continue to consult the two defence ministries in the field, while underlining the need for them to promote exchange of delegations and enhance cooperation in personnel training and science research.

Somvichith said he hopes Vietnam will support Laos in searching for war materials, thus helping the Military Science and History Department perform the task assigned by the Lao Ministry of Defence. -VNA