Shared history cements Viet
Nam’s ties to Laos
|Party leader Nong Duc Manh
meets Lao Politburo member Saman Vinhakhet in Ha Noi. —VNA/VNS Photo Trong
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
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
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
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,"
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
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