Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy highlighted the significant role of younger generations in promoting traditional relations with Laos.

In an interview with Vietnam News Agency, Quy said it is necessary to raise the youth’s awareness of the ties so they understand why both sides need to maintain and cherish the relations.

The relationship was established by Presidents Ho Chi Minh, Kaysone Phomvihane and Souphanouvong, and has been nurtured by generations of Vietnamese and Lao leaders and citizens.

Various activities have been held during the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation and the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties, he noted, adding that they have contributed to educating the two peoples, particularly youths, about bilateral relations while encouraging them to preserve and elevate the ties.

On the occasion, he said, both sides have employed various measures to enhance the ties, including carrying out infrastructure development projects and prioritising education for Lao students in Vietnam.

The Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017 was declared a success by President Tran Dai Quang and General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith at a press conference in Hanoi on December 20. -VNA