Premier pledges to work with Vietnam to deepen special relations

July 18, 2012

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong (right) greets Mr Le Hong Anh.

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong told a visiting Politburo member of the Communist Party of Vietnam that the Lao government would work with Vietnam to further enhance the special solidarity between the two nations.

Le Hong Anh, a Politburo member of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and his high-level delegation arrived in Vientiane yesterday as part of the country’s quest to join Lao leaders in marking the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Year 2012.

The Friendship Year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations (1962-2012), and the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty (1977-2012).

As part of his scheduled visit, Mr Le Hong Anh, who is also a permanent member of the Party’s Central Committee Secretariat, called on the Lao premier at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Thongsing welcomed the Vietnamese guests and highly valued their visit, which the premier said would enhance further the traditional friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two neighbours.

He told Mr Le Hong Anh and other Vietnamese delegates that the government and people of Laos were very happy to see that the bilateral cooperation between the two nations have grown steadily in recent years.

The Lao premier touched upon the importance in e ducating younger generations to fully understand and further enhance the bilateral friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations, which was established by the president Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam and his Lao counterpart Kaysone Phomvihane and Souphanouvong.

He also touched upon the importance of pushing the relevant sectors in both countries to implement and realise cooperation agreements reached by leaders of the two countries.

For his part, Mr Le Hong Anh said through an interpreter that he was delighted to have the opportunity to visit and join Lao leaders to mark the two events- the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the signing of the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty.

The two highly valued the friendly bilateral relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, described by the leaders of both sides as ‘unbreakable’ and ‘inseparable’ having a ‘uniqueness’ that can be found nowhere else on earth.

Mr Le Hong Anh will join Lao leaders attending a grand meeting scheduled to take place today at the National Culture Hall to mark the two events.

Today, Mr Le Hong Anh will also pay a courtesy call to Party Secretary General and President of the Lao PDR Choummaly Sayasone and also meet with the President of the National Assembly Pany Yathortou.

Similar events are also being organised in Vietnam to mark the two events. A politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Bounnhang Vorachit, who is also a standing member of the Party’s Central Committee Secretariat, led a high-level delegation to take part in a grand meeting in Hanoi.

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