The traditional dance of Lao people (Illustrative photo: VNA)
 
Geneva (VNA) – Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam's Permanent Mission to the UN, WTO and other international organisations in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 11 led a delegation to visit and extend greetings to their Lao counterparts on Bunpimay Festival, the traditional New Year of Laos.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Dung sent his best wishes to Lao Ambassador Khan-Inh Khitchadeth and Lao officials in Geneva and their families a New Year of happiness and prosperity

He reiterated the close relationship between the two missions in Geneva, reflecting the special ties between Vietnam and Laos at the UN and at multilateral forums as well. He expected the two missions will maintain and develop the traditional relations in professional work and cultural exchange.

Lao Ambassador Khan-Inh Khitchadeth, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese diplomats for their congratulations, bringing them joy and luck on the new year of Buddhist calendar 2561.

He and other Lao diplomats splashed water on their Vietnamese guests and tied threads on their twists, which are among Lao traditional rituals on the Bunpimay Festival.

He underscored that the two countries’ governments and people need to continue stay united each other as expected by their former leaders.

He thanked Vietnam for always supporting and providing help for Laos, particularly at many multilateral forums.-VNA