Ho Chi Minh City held a meeting on July 17 to mark 35 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
|Former President Nguyen Minh Triet (2nd, L) and senior leaders of Laos and Ho Chi Minh City attend the exhibition ‘Sustainable Development of Vietnam-Laos, HCM City-Vientiane-Champassak Friendship’ in HCMC on July 17 (Photo: SGGP)|
Attending the event were former President Nguyen Minh Triet; Party Politburo member and Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai; Lao Party Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thongluon Sisuolith; and Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Party Committee and Mayor of Vientiane Soukan Mahalath.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Hai said that the Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation are an invaluable asset of the two nations fostered by President Ho Chi Minh, President Kaysone Phomvihane and President Souphanouvong as well as generations of Vietnamese and Lao leaders and people.
Together with the ceaseless development of the Vietnam-Laos relations, HCM City has carried out many activities to strengthen and deepen its friendship and cooperation with Lao localities, especially the capital city of Vientiane and Champassak province, he said.
Soukan Mahalath affirmed that despite changes in the region and the world, the special relationship between Laos and Vietnam has continuously progressed in all aspects, bringing interests to both nations.
|Vietnamese and Lao artists perform at the meeting to mark 35 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty in Ho Chi Minh City on July 17 (Photo: SGGP)|
The Lao Party, Government and people always preserve the special friendship and solidarity between the two countries and will do their utmost to strengthen cooperation between the two Parties and States in general and between Vientiane, Champassak and HCM City in particular.
On the occasion, Thongluon Sisuolith presented the Lao State’s Freedom Order, second class, to the HCM City People’s Council and People’s Committee and three individuals.
On the same day, the Lao and HCM City delegations attended the opening ceremony of an exhibition celebrating the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year 2012, themed “Sustainable Development of Vietnam-Laos, HCM City-Vientiane-Champassak Friendship”.