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Shared history cements Viet Nam's ties to Laos

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Shared history cements Viet Nam’s ties to Laos

(31-10-2009)

Party leader Nong Duc Manh meets Lao Politburo member Saman Vinhakhet in Ha Noi. —VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc

HA NOI — A top Lao official on a visit to Ha Noi has said the Lao Party, State and people will do their best to consolidate and strengthen traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation with Viet Nam.

Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee (LPRPCC) Saman Vinhakhet made the commitment at a reception given by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh in Ha Noi yesterday.

The Lao official, who is the head of the Steering Committee for Ideology, Theory and Culture, expressed his deep gratitude for the valuable support the Vietnamese Party, State, armed forces and people extended to Laos during its struggle for national liberation in the past and the present phase of construction and development.

Vinhakhet said he appreciated the contributions and sacrifice of Vietnamese volunteer experts and soldiers, who began working with their Lao brothers and sisters 60 years ago.

The Vietnamese Party leader stressed that ties between Viet Nam and Laos served as a model for international relations and were an invaluable asset for the two nations, fostered by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomviahane.

Party General Secretary Manh spoke highly of celebrations to mark 60 years since Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts were sent to Laos to lend support in the struggle against colonial forces.

Manh said the celebrations were an opportunity to recall the traditional friendship, combatant alliance and special solidarity between the two Parties, armies and peoples and to commemorate the great contributions of Vietnamese volunteers to the Lao revolution.

He expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the Lao people would continue to reap more successes in building a unified country of peace, independence, democracy and prosperity.

Ceremony

A ceremony was organised in Ha Noi yesterday to celebrate 60 years since volunteer Vietnamese soldiers and experts began supporting Laos in its struggle for independence.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and President Nguyen Minh Triet were prominent among those at the event.

General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone sent a letter to the ceremony, noting that Viet Nam’s decision to establish the volunteer force 60 years ago reflected a noble communist international spirit and constituted the symbol of special solidarity and friendship between the two nations.

The Lao leader expressed sincere thanks to the Party, State, army and people of Viet Nam for their whole-hearted and effective assistance extended to the Lao people during the struggle for national independence and work on construction and development.

He reiterated the words of the late Party General Secretary Kaysone Phomvihane: "Viet Nam’s support is one of the decisive factors for the success of the Lao revolution. On all battlefields of our beloved country, the bones and blood of volunteer Vietnamese soldiers are mixed with the bones and blood of Lao officers and soldiers."

In his speech at the ceremony, Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh, said the shared history cemented relations between Viet Nam and Laos. These relations have been nurtured and reinforced by the two Parties and States, President Ho Chi Minh and President Kaysone Phomvihane, as well as generations of leaders and people of both countries.

"The Party, State and people of Viet Nam consider solidarity and mutual assistance with their Lao counterparts during the struggle for national liberation as both an international duty and a vital benefit for each nation," said Thanh.

Politburo member and head of the Steering Committee for Ideology, Theory and Culture of the LPRP Central Committee Saman Vinhakhet handed over a Gold Order, the noblest award conferred by the Lao State, to the volunteer force.

A wide range of activities were organised throughout Laos to mark the anniversary, attracting the participation of large numbers of officials, soldiers, residents and overseas Vietnamese in the country. — VNS

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