|Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân and her Lao counterpart Pany Yathotou (centre) are at the inauguration of the Việt Nam–Laos revolutionary historical relic site in north-western province of Sơn La on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Điệp|Viet Nam News
SƠN LA — A Việt Nam-Laos revolutionary historical relic site was inaugurated in the north-western province of Sơn La on Thursday in the presence of Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân and her Lao counterpart Pany Yathotou.
Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou hailed the site’s inauguration as a significant event to celebrate the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties between the countries (September 5, 1962) and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Việt Nam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Co-operation (July 18, 1977).
Yathotou thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their timely and effective assistance for Laos in the cause of national liberation, defence and development.
She particularly thanked the authorities and people in Sơn La for supporting the Lao people in general and northern Lao provinces in particular over the past decades, and affirmed that Laos will continue to nurture its special and faithful relations with Việt Nam.
NA Chairwoman Ngân said the relic site is a vivid demonstration of the solidarity between the two countries in general and Sơn La and northern Lao provinces in particular in the struggle against invaders to defend the country.
She said the relic site will be a valuable source of historical lessons to educate young generations in the tradition of patriotism and the special solidarity of the two countries.
The Việt Nam-Laos revolutionary historical relic site in Lao Khô Village, Phiêng Khoài Commune, Yên Châu District, Sơn La Province, was the place where Lao leader Kaysone Phomvihane chose to build a base for the Lao revolution against French colonialists.
The original historic relics preserved at the site include the old house of Tráng Lao Khô and houses of the North Lao Vanguard Division. New construction works include a monument dedicated to Việt Nam-Laos friendship and an exhibition house displaying photos, documents and objects on the bilateral amity.
Sơn La provincial People’s Committee invested VNĐ54 billion (US$2.3 million) in the construction of the site. — VNS