Viet Nam, Laos celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties
VGP - A grand ceremony was held in Ha Noi on July 18 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Viet Nam-Laos diplomatic relations and the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the two countries.
Dignitaries to the event include Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, and Lao Vice President Bounthong Chitmany.
Addressing the event, Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong underlined that the Viet Nam-Laos relationship, founded by President Ho Chi Minh, President Kaysone Phomvihane and President Souphanouvong and nurtured by generations of soldiers and people of both countries, has become a priceless asset and a unique relationship in the world history.
The Vietnamese Party leader affirmed that the solidarity, cooperation and mutual support between Viet Nam and Laos is an objective rule and a factor of vital significance to each Party and nation, a shared asset and a foundation for their development during the future historical periods.
The Party chief expressed belief that under the sound leadership of the LPRP and the effective management of the Lao Government as well as efforts of the National Assembly, the Lao people will surely overcome current difficulties and successfully implement the resolution of the 11th National Party Congress and its 9th five-year socio-economic development plan.
Despite difficulties and challenges, including those brought by COVID-19 pandemic, the partnership between the two Parties and countries has continued to grow steadily in a deep and effective manner, he said, noting that the bilateral political relations have been constantly reinforced and elevated from a traditional friendship to a great friendship, guiding their cooperation in other fields.
General Secretary Nguyen went on to say that Viet Nam and Laos have shown effective collaboration and mutual support at multilateral forums, which helped enhance the position of both Viet Nam and Laos in the region and the world, and contributed to strengthening peace, stability and development of the ASEAN Community.
According to the leader, defence-security continues to be one of the most important pillars in bilateral ties, while economic cooperation has been fruitful, with two-way trade constantly rising at two digits over recent years and Viet Nam being the third largest investor in Laos with total investment of about US$5.4 billion. Bilateral partnership in education-training - a strategic cooperative field as well as in culture, health care, transport and energy has also been growing, the same as ties among localities of both sides, he said.
He underlined that amid the rapid, complicated and unpredictable changes in the world and region, the two Parties, State and peoples should further solidify their solidarity and cooperation, while working hard together to protect and promote their great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive partnership.
The Party, State and People of Viet Nam always strongly and comprehensively support the renewal cause of Laos, while attaching great importance and give top priority to the special relationship that is both brotherhood and comradeship between the two Parties and countries.
For his part, Lao Vice President Bounthong Chitmany stressed that the Party, State and people of Laos are proud to make contributions to the combat alliance with Viet Nam. He highlighted the significance of the bilateral Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, an important legal foundation for the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
He said that despite current difficulties, Viet Nam has still given timely and precious support to Laos, which vividly reflects the rare and special ties between Laos and Viet Nam.
He said that the great achievements of Viet Nam in all fields provide a motivation for Laos during the country's national defence and construction./.