|General Ngô Xuân Lịch, Minister of Defence, (right) and Lao Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath are at the ceremony. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Laos presented several State Orders to outstanding collectives and individuals in the Việt Nam People’s Army (VPA) for their contributions to the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between the two countries and armies at a ceremony in Hà Nội yesterday.
The event was attended by Vietnamese Defence Minister General Ngô Xuân Lịch and his Lao counterpart Lieut Gen Chansamone Chanyalath, as well as Lao Ambassador to Việt Nam Thongsavanh Phomvihane.
Over the past few years, the two armies have co-ordinated closely and supported each other in numerous areas. Notably, during the Việt Nam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017, they organised a string of activities to mark the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and 40 years of the Treaty on Amity and Co-operation, thus helping to educate the younger generations on their traditional bilateral ties.
Defence co-operation has been intensified in recent times, becoming an important pillar of the two countries’ special solidarity and contributing to maintaining peace and socio-political stability by defeating all schemes to disunite the two nations. — VNS