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Laos-Vietnam celebrate treaty

A festival kicked off in the capital yesterday to celebrate four decades since the signing of the Agreement on Friendship and Cooperation between Laos and Vietnam and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

The festival will run through this week, with activities set to include a large meeting to salute the special solidarity between the two nations.

A courtesy visit will be made to Lao People's Revolutionary Party Secretary General and President of Laos, Bounnhang Vorachit by officials from the parties and governments from the two countries.

The delegates will also visit leaders of Vientiane and Xieng Khuang provinces.

They are set to visit Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, Memorial Place of the late President Souphanouvong, battle sites where Lao and Vietnamese fought together against aggressors, and tourism attractions in the capital and provinces.

Laos and Vietnam established diplomatic relations on September 5, 1962, and signed their Friendship and Cooperation Agreement on July 18, 1977.

At the ceremony, Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association President, Dr Vilayvong Bouddakham, highlighted the history of the relations between the two nations, which he said shared both sorrow and happiness of such unfathomable depth that no enemy could ever divide them.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association President Tran Van Tuy noted the friendship between the two nations which he said had been tempered and tested until becoming unbreakable tough.

In his opening remark to the festival, Member of Politburo of Lao People's Revolutionary Party and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone spoke on the long-standing traditions of two neighbouring countries in mutual assistance from their fight against aggressors until gaining the complete national liberation and beyond.

“The great friendship ties, traditional special solidarity between the two nations of Laos and Vietnam is a rare model of international relations, which became valuable heritage, and a principle of existence and growth of the two countries,” he said.

“The traditional ties are a crucial factor to the success of the revolutions of the two nations.”

Dr Sonexay mentioned about the special solidarity between the two nations, which he said had deepened meaning through the words of a famous poem of Ho Chi Minh “Beloved Lao and Vietnamese nations can climb mountains, crossing big rivers and hills to visit each other…”

Meanwhile, he also reminded the audience of a poem by late President Kaysone Phomvihane, who linked the relationship between the two nations to the water in Mekong River and Phou Luang Mountains, by which he meant they would never be become dry or fall.

The late President Souphanouvong also had a poem about the friendship between the two nations, which he described as “higher than the highest mount, longer than the longest river, and larger than the ocean, brighter than the full moon, and more fragrant than the most fragrant flower”. On the occasion of the historical dates of the two nations, the leaders of the LPRP and the Lao government including President Bounnhang Vorachit, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, President of Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou sent messages of congratulation to Vietnam.

In their messages, the Lao leaders underscored the establishment of diplomatic relations and the signing of the agreement between Laos and Vietnam as the events of historical meaning, which they said became the principle of the ongoing existence and growth of the two countries.

The leaders, representing the Lao people, appreciated the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vietnamese government, and brotherly Vietnamese people, which they said were shoulder-to-shoulder in supporting and assisting the Lao people in the fight for national liberation, national defence and development.

 

 

 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 18, 2017)


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