On this occasion, the first-class Issara of Laos was presented to 11 Vietnamese officials who are Politburo members and Secretaries of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee in the 13th tenure.
Addressing the ceremony, Bounthong Chitmany stressed that the noble awards represent the great contributions the Vietnamese senior leaders has made to preserving, cultivating and strengthening the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Viet Nam.
In reply, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh expressed his sincere thanks to the Party and State of Laos.
He underlined that the awarded distinctions is extremely important, encouraging the Vietnamese leaders to continue preserving and developing the unique and special relationship between the two parties, states and peoples.
The Party, State and people of Viet Nam are determined to constantly nurture the exemplary, faithful and pure relationship between the two countries, said the Prime Minister.
He added that the experience learnt from the previous struggles for national independence and freedom allow the two parties, states and peoples to continue to work together to weather all difficulties and challenges that may arise.
Viet Nam and Laos will also continue to support each other to build an independent and self-reliant economy, thus bringing a peaceful, prosperous and happy life to their peoples, and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world at large./.