Viet Nam and Laos Mark Diplomatic Ties

Viet Nam will make full efforts to foster ties with Laos, benefiting the two countries and the region’s prosperity and stability, said Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh on Monday.

Viet Nam's Party Secretary General Nong Duc Manh shakes hands with the visiting Vice President of Laos on July 16  

He made the comment while receiving Bounyang Volachit, Political Bureau member, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Laos People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and Vice State President of Laos.

Volachit is leading a senior LPRP delegation on a visit to Viet Nam to mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty and the 45th anniversary of Viet Nam-Laos diplomatic relations.

Secretary General Nong Duc Manh said that the coordination shown by the two countries in organizing the festivities exemplified their relationship and he hoped that such celebrations would broaden the relationship between the two nation's publics, in particular between the youth of the two countries.

“These festivities will strengthen the friendship, solidarity and cooperation that Viet Nam and Laos share,” he said.

His Laotian guest, Volachit, echoed his comments and pledged that his Party, State and People were eager to work on building a closer partnership between the ASEAN member states.

During a talk with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Volachit extended his thanks to Viet Nam for helping the Laotian people in their struggle for national independence and growth.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung said that all-out efforts would be made in order to strengthen the relationship between Viet Nam and Laos.

"We should join hands to care for the two peoples’ lives and ensure the vast development and sustainability of the two countries," the PM said.

The Laotian Vice President said that the relationship established between Viet Nam and Laos was extremely special and should be promoted for the continual prosperity of both nations.

"Viet Nam is a faithful friend," the Laotian Vice President noted, stating that the Laotian Party, State and People would do their utmost to cement the ties they share with their neighbors.

The two sides agreed that Viet Nam and Laos should boost their bilateral trade turnover to US$1 billion by 2010.

Lao artists perform at the Ha Noi Opera House on July 16

On Monday, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong received the Laotian State leader. During their meeting, Mr.Trong stated that Viet Nam-Laos bilateral cooperation, in terms of politics, the economy, culture, education and training have developed in an extremely positive fashion.

For the occasion, an exhibition entitled “Laos-Viet Nam Love” organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information and its Laotian counterpart officially opened in Ha Noi.

As many as 200 photos, artifacts and documents featuring the land, culture and people of Laos and the Laos-Viet Nam relationship are on display at the exhibition alongside twenty artistic works as well as books and fine handicraft items produced by Laotian artists.

The event will run up until July 21.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Laotians from Vientiane, led by Mayor Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, opened the “Vientiane Days” festivities in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

In his welcoming speech, HCMC People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan said the people of HCMC and Vientiane have benefited from the special relationship between Viet Nam and Laos.

Khoutphaythoune said that the two cities are now entering into a special stage of bilateral relations.

“Vientiane hopes that investors from Viet Nam’s largest economic hub will find ways to take part in over 160 projects that are in need of foreign investment,” said Khoutphaythoune.

The festivities include an exhibition, an investment seminar, an art performance and a meeting between young people from the two countries.

By B.H, Th.H, V.A – Translated by Thuy Hang

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