HA NOI — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung emphasised yesterday the tradition of friendship and special solidarity between Viet Nam and Laos, telling attendees at a cultural exchange event in northern Son La Province that relations had been raised to a higher status and become a valuable asset of both countries.
|A show last night in the northern city of Son La celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and Laos. The event was attended by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and Lao National Assembly President Pany Yathortou. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc
Hung expressed his hope that the event, under the theme "Toward the origin of a special solidarity between Viet Nam and Laos", would be a milestone as the two countries mark Viet Nam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2012.
Lao National Assembly President Pany Yathotou said the event gave the legislative leaders of the two nations and their peoples an opportunity to boost their mutual understanding and contribute to the development of relations.
Participants in the event also had a chance to meet and hear the stories of former Lao National Assembly Chairman Samane Vignaket and Huynh Dac Huong, former commander of Vietnamese volunteer troops in Laos, about the two countries' close relations during their war for national independence.
Along with performances by artists from both countries, documentaries about the history of Viet Nam-Laos relations were also screened.
Earlier yesterday, construction was commenced on a Viet Nam-Laos revolutionary historical site in Lao Kho Village, Phieng Khoai Commune, Yen Chau District, in Son La Province. Hung and Yathotou attended the ground-breaking ceremony.
Lao Kho witnessed the revolutionary activities of the late Lao Party General Secretary Kaysone Phomvihane and the Northern Lao Volunteer Team during 1948-50.
Speaking at the ceremony, Hung highlighted the political significance of the project. Yathotou called it a reminder to the two countries' younger generations to uphold and develop the special relationship. — VNS