Ceremony celebrates Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong addresses the ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
A ceremony was held in Hanoi on July 18 to mark the 55th anniversary of
diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Laos and 40 years of the signing of
the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

Present at the event
was Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang,
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Deputy Prime Minister Truong
Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai, and President
of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man, and a number
of former leaders.

The Lao delegation at
the ceremony was led by Vice President Phankham Viphavanh.

Addressing the event,
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong recalled the relations between Vietnam
and Laos over the past 55 years as well as the context of setting up their
diplomatic ties on September 5, 1962.

This is a significant
historical event in bilateral relations, affirming the vital attachment of the
two nations in their struggle for national independence and unity, he said.

In order to deepen the
bilateral partnership, Vietnam and Laos signed the Treaty of Amity and
Cooperation on July 18, 1977, which emphasised that nothing can change the special
relations between Vietnam and Laos as well as the solidarity and friendship
between people of the two nations.

Over the past 40
years, the treaty has become an important political and legal foundation for
the unceasing reinforcement and development of the bilateral relations, serving
national construction and defence in each country.

Showing his delight at
the growth of the special ties between the two nations, the Party chief
underscored that the relationship has been developed sustainably from
traditional to special friendship.

The relationship also
shows the wish of the two peoples in supporting each other to fight the common
enemy and build a partnership of equality, self-reliance and friendship and
win-win cooperation, he said.

Analysing the regional
and international situation, Trong affirmed that historical lessons of the
relations between the two countries as well as the spirit and contents of the
Treaty maintain their value and role as a direction for the development of the
ties between the two Parties, States and people.

He also highlighted
the need to continue completing mechanisms, policies to effectively realise
agreements and strategic targets set by both sides, thus further expanding the
special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

“By all means, we must
maintain and protect the Vietnam-Laos relations like protecting the pupil of
our eyes,” stated the Party chief.

On his part, Lao Vice
President Phankham Viphavanh showed deep gratitude to the Party, State and
people of Vietnam, affirming the Party, State and people of Laos

are determined to preserve
the friendship and special solidarity between the two nations, which have been nurtured
with blood of soldiers and people of generations in both countries.

At the event, Huynh
Dac Huong, a 97 years old veteran who represents the Vietnamese volunteer
soldiers and experts in Laos, expressed his belief that the young generations
in both countries will continue promoting the tradition of bilateral ties.-VNA 

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