Lecture marks birthday of former DPRK President
The Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friendship Association on Friday joined with retired service personnel from the Lao National Veterans Federation for a lecture to mark the 101st anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung (15/04/1912-15/04/2013).
The lecture was co-chaired by the President of the Lao People's Supreme Court, Mr Khamphan Sitthidampha, the Ambassador of DPRK to Laos, Mr Hun Pong Ho, and the Lao National Veterans Federation President, Brigadier General Somphone Keomixay.
During the lecture, delivered by Mr Han Pong Ho, participants heard a biographical account of the life of Kim Il-Sung, the great deeds he did for his nation and how he helped build his country to what it is today.
Mr Han Pong Ho also referred to the existing friendly relations, solidarity and cooperation between the Parties, governments and people of Laos and the DPRK.
The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1974. Since then, the relations between the two countries have been constantly nurtured and further multiplied, thanks to the close attention of the leaders of the two nations.
The bilateral cooperation has included visits by high-ranking delegations to each other's country, notably a special official visit to Laos by the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Mr Kim Yong Nam, on August 7-10, 2012.
The Lao government and the DPRK have signed cooperation agreements, which have been important landmarks to further the friendly relations, solidarity and cooperation between the two Parties, governments and peoples.
In recent years, the Lao and DPRK Friendship Associations have closely cooperated with each other to organise various activities on important days, including meetings, photo exhibitions, film screenings on the birthdays of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, DPRK National Day, the founding of Workers' Party Day, and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Lao and DPRK Friendship Associations in 2010.
Kim Il-Sung was the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from its establishment in 1948 until his death on July 8, 1994. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 until his death.
Following his death in 1994, he was succeeded by his eldest son Kim Jong-Il. The North Korean government refers to Kim Il-Sung as “The Great Leader” and he is designated in the North Korean constitution as the country's “Eternal President”.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 08, 2013)