17 July 2017

Vietnamese, Lao leaders exchange anniversary congratulations

Hanoi (VNA) –High-ranking leaders of Vietnam and
Laos on July 17 exchanged messages of congratulations on the occasion of the 55th
anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5) and 40 years of the
signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between the two countries (July
18).

The well-wishers are Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu
Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National
Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan whose flower baskets and congratulatory
messages were sent to Laos’ Party General Secretary and President Bounhang
Volachith, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou.

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders expressed their satisfaction
with achievements of the bilateral friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive
cooperation over the past 55 years, which, they said, have significantly
contributed to the struggle for national independence as well as the cause of
national building and development in each country.

The Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos have made
every effort to deepen the relationship across all fields in an effective and
pragmatic fashion, both bilaterally and multilaterally, through diverse
cooperation methods and the channels of the Party, State and people, they said.

In messages sent to the Vietnamese leaders, the Lao leaders
highlighted the friendship, solidarity and combat alliance between the two
countries during their past revolutionary cause, which have created a firm
foundation for the present friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive.

On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
Pham Binh Minh, who is also head of the national steering committee for
Vietnam-Laos friendship year, and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Komasith, who
is a permanent member of Laos’ national steering committee for Vietnam-Laos
friendship year, exchanged congratulatory messages.

Hoang Binh Quan, head of the Party Central Committee’s
Commission for External Relations, also cabled a message of congratulations to
his Lao counterpart Sounthone Sayachac.-VNA



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