Vientiane (VNA) – The Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam Combat Alliance Monument was inaugurated in the Lao province of Xaysomboun, Laos, at a ceremony on November 9.

Addressing the function, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung highlighted the significance of the monument, which was built during the Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year as a symbol of solidarity between the two countries.

Lao Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Lakhamphong highlighted traditional friendship and special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos, saying Lao people always keep in mind the sacrifice of the Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts for the country.

The monument will serve as a venue to educate young generations about the bilateral relationship, he noted.

Echoing the officer’s view, Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Xaysomboun, Lieut. Gen. Silivong said the monument will contribute to promoting the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos.

Covering an area of 4,300 sq. m, the monument was constructed at a cost of 55,000 USD in non-refundable aid of the Vietnamese Government. It is planned to become a park and a cultural tourism destination.-VNA