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Vietnam marks anniversary, relations in Lao capital

The Embassy of Vietnam in Vientiane held a reception on Monday to mark the 72th anniversary of National Day (September 2, 1945 to September 2, 2017) and 55 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Laos.

Member of Lao People's Revolutionary Party Political Bureau (Politburo), Mr Chansy Phosikham, was among dignitaries to attend the event.

Speaking at the reception, Vietnam's Ambassador to Laos, Nguyen Ba Hung highlighted the achievements of socio-economic development in his country under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam in guiding the renovati on.

He said Vietnam maintained economic stability with the management of state budget and public debt, and improvement in the investment climate and competitiveness had been upgraded.

Vietnam's GDP had grown by 5.6 percent in the first seven months of this year compared to the same period last year. Revenue collection had already reached 50 percent of the year's planned target while trade volumes were US$233 billion.

Foreign arrivals in Vietnam were around 7.2 million with a 28.8 percent increase compared to the same period last year. In his remarks at the reception, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, representing the Lao government and people, praised the achievements of the Vietnamese people.

He noted the importance of the friendship between the two nations over the past 55 years since they established diplomatic relations, which he said was strongly enriched, and was the principle of existence and growth of each country. “I highly value the important, great and comprehensive success, which the brotherly Lao and Vietnamese peoples made throughout the years since they established the diplomatic relations,” Mr Saleumxay said.

“These have realised the persistent growth of the great friendship, special s olidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, and brought the benefit to both nations,” he added.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update September 7, 2017)

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