VIENTIANE — Lao Party General Secretary and President Chummaly Sayasone and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong received Secretary of HCM City's Party Committee Le Thanh Hai in Vientiane yesterday.
Hai, who is in Laos to attend the ‘HCM City Days' event, said the twinning relationship between HCM City and the Lao capital as well as other Lao provinces has seen a number of successful developments.
The event shows the city's determination to develop stronger ties with Laos, helping to strengthen the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
The Lao leaders applauded the initiative, describing it as a practical way of celebrating the 2012 Year of Viet Nam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity.
They said they believe that the event would help further the traditional special relationship between Viet Nam and Laos and increase understanding between both peoples.
Later the same day, the event officially opened in the presence of Lao Deputy Prime Minister Somsavad Lengsavath and Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Mayor of Vientiane Soukan Mahalath. — VNS