Russia rewards National Assembly President
The government of the Russian Federation has awarded the President of the Lao National Assembly (NA) Ms Pany Yathotou with an Order of Friendship for her great contribution to the development of cooperation between Laos and Russia.
The award ceremony took place yesterday at the Russian Embassy in Vientiane, when Russian Ambassador to Laos Mr Mikhail Baranov represented the Russian government in presenting the award to Ms Pany.
“This high award is given to Ms Pany Yathotou with dignity for her certified activities for the expansion and consolidation of Russian-Lao cooperation,” Mr Baranov said.
Mr Baranov spoke about Ms Pany's huge multiform contribution to the consolidation of ties between the two countries, especially as President of the National Assembly, which he said was a key body in state management.
The ambassador also spoke about the two countries having upgraded their relations to a strategic partnership, which he said had been continued through consolidation and development. Also speaking at the ceremony, Ms Pany said she was pleased and honoured to receive such a high award from the government of the Russian Federation as well as from President Vladimir Putin.
“This award honours not only myself but also the Lao National Assembly, Lao government and Lao people for all our contributions to strengthening the long-standing friendship and cooperation between our two countries, Laos and Russia,” she said.
Ms Pany referred to present-day Russia and the former Soviet Union as a country of heroes, which had restored peace and liberation to people around the world and given birth to socialist countries. She promised to strive continuously to maintain and strengthen the long-standing relationship and strategic partnership between the two countries.
As President of the National Assembly, Ms Pany visited Russia in 2013, and as Speaker of the Federal Council of Russia Ms Valentina Matvienko attended the 35th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly's General Assembly in Vientiane in 2014.
There have been regular exchanges of visits by delegations from the legislative bodies at various levels. Laos and Russia established diplomatic relations on October 7, 1960, in the era of the Soviet Union, which was the main powerful country that helped Laos in the fight for national liberation.
Laos recognised Russia as the successor state of the Soviet Union on December 31, 1991, after the later dissolution of the union.
Even though economic challenges followed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the governments of Laos and Russia did not stop maintaining relations and in the last decade they were revitalised and dynamically strengthened.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 4, 2017)