Laos-Vietnam associations enhance brotherly relations

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association will work with the Vietnamese-Laos Friendship Association to advance the special relationship between the two countries.

The message was delivered in a report by the  association at its second general meeting held in Vientiane yesterday to review the achievements made over the past 10 years.

The main focus will be on inspiring the younger generation to pursue and support the traditional solidarity and special friendship between the two nations.

The association will encourage organisations at all levels, as well as sectors and enterprises and people from all walks of life to share in the implementation of the comprehensive cooperation plan between the two parties and states, with a focus on the economic, cultural, education and sports sectors.

“These will contribute to renovation, targeting the goal of advancing the development of the two countries, Laos and Vietnam, which will also contribute to maintaining stability and peace in the region and around the world,” the report stated.

The Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association was established on January 15, 1975. It is a political-social organisation implementing the Party direction on foreign affairs and the people’s diplomacy under Party leadership, with the Party Central Committee’s Foreign Relations Committee appointed to guide it.

The activities carried out by the association include sending greeting telegraphs on the occasion of important events, greeting the embassy, sports, and giving special lectures on Vietnamese National Day, Day of Liberating the South for National Reunification, Day of Founding of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and Vietnamese New Year among others.

Laos and Vietnam established diplomatic relations on September 5, 1962, and signed the Friendship and Cooperation Agreement on July 18, 1977, both of which are being celebrated this year.

Speaking at yesterday’s meeting, President of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association Dr Vilayvong Bouddakham praised the growth of the association, which he said now had branches in almost every province.

In her address at the meeting, the Party Central Committee’s Foreign Relations Committee Head, Ms Sounthone Xayachak, urged the association, which has recently improved its structure, to continue implementing its obligations and role in acting as a strong bridge for Laos-Vietnam relations.

She urged the association to continuously educate young people, and Lao and Vietnamese citizens, so that they properly understood the nature of the two countries’ rare and special relationship.

This was evidenced in the great sacrifices made by the late leaders of the revolution in order to enhance the special and pure-in-heart relations between the two nations.

Ms Sounhone encouraged the Lao association to strengthen coordination with the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association in activities at the regional and international levels, and to reach agreement on the activities to be organised to strengthen their friendship.

Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association Vice President Mr Hoang Xuan Luong, and Charge d’Affaires of Vietnam to Laos, Mr Hoang Xuan Hai, attended the meeting. 

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