Hanoi (VNA) - A high-ranking military delegation of Vietnam led by Minister of National Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich left Hanoi on January 19 for Vientiane to attend a ceremony marking the 70th founding anniversary of the Lao People’s Army (Jan. 20, 1949-2019).

The trip aims to enhance mutual trust and the traditional relationship, solidarity and friendship between the people and armies of the two nations. 

Over the past few years, Vietnam and Laos have coordinated to organise a number of activities to strengthen the bilateral relations such as celebrating the Vietnam-Laos friendship and solidarity year 2017, the 55th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties (1962-2017), and the 40th anniversary of signing the Vietnam-Laos treaty on cooperation and amity (1977-2017).

The two sides also have worked together to implement effectively cooperation agreements on security and defence as well as strengthened locality-to-locality collaboration, especially in the shared border areas, in building infrastructure, providing health care, developing human resources, and ensuring order and security in border areas.

In 2017, Vietnam and Laos completed a project on increasing and upgrading border markers along their boundary in addition to signing a protocol on the Vietnam-Laos borderline and national border markers, and an agreement on management regulations of Vietnam-Laos border and border gates.

The two nations continued to promote the implementation of an agreement between the two governments on dealing with undocumented migration and marriages along the shared border.

They also worked together to seek and gather thousands sets of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who laid down their lives during wartime in Laos.-VNA