Vietnamese, Lao youths gather at friendship meeting in Hanoi

Participants of the Vietnam – Laos youth friendship gathering pose for a photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A friendship
gathering of Vietnamese and Lao youths took place in Hanoi on September 6,
during which a cooperation pact for 2017-2022 was signed between the Ho Chi
Minh Communist Youth Union and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union.

Addressing the opening of the event, National
Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong stressed the Vietnamese and Lao parties
and governments always create best conditions possible for bilateral youth

She said the two youth unions have
effectively implemented their cooperation agreement for 2012 – 2017.

Phong praised practical contents added to
their new pact for 2017 – 2022, saying these joint projects are appropriate to
socio-economic growth conditions and meet current demand of young people.

She said she believes the young generations
will join hands to protect and foster the special relations between Vietnam and

Le Quoc Phong, First Secretary of the Ho
Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, highlighted outcomes of
cooperation with the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union during the 2012 –

He cited the organisation of youth
exchanges, training courses on the history of Vietnam – Laos friendship and on
capacity building for Lao youth activists, and voluntary activities in Laos.

Sonethanou Thammavong, Secretary of the Lao
People’s Revolutionary Youth Union Central Committee, stated the gathering
helps educate young people about Vietnam – Lao special solidarity and the significance
of the two countries setting up relations and signing of a Treaty of Amity and

As part of the event, together more than
200 Vietnamese and Lao youths painted a 55m long picture. The painting is
expected to be completed in September and kept at the Vietnamese Youth Museum.

Vietnamese and Lao youths work on the 55m long picture of friendship (Photo: VNA)

The Lao youth union delegation will be in
Vietnam until September 10 to study operation models of youth unions at a
number of universities and enterprises.-VNA 

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