Hanoi Assists Laotian Localities in Fighting Pandemic
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Politburo member and secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung held a reception for the Laotian Ambassador to Vietnam Sengphet Houngboungnuang in Hanoi on Aug. 26. In the reception, Dung presented cash and medical equipment to support Laotian localities in the fight against the pandemic.
Dung affirmed that the Vietnam - Laos relationship was not only a relation between two countries but also a strong bond between two revolutionary comrades sharing the same fate, sorrows and joys.
The Vietnamese people and the Lao people were as close as brothers and sisters, said Dung. On that basis, the party committee, authority, and people of Hanoi always do their best to constantly enhance the great relationship, solidarity, and friendship with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, Laos people and localities, especially with Vientiane.
Dung briefly informed the Laotian ambassador about the results of Hanoi's socioeconomic development and pandemic prevention. Recently, Hanoi has taken strict measures such as social distancing, mass testing, tracing, and speeding up vaccinations. The city has so far controlled the pandemic and is striving to soon return to the new normal.
The secretary of Hanoi Party Committee said that even though the city had relations with cities across the world, Hanoi had always given high priority to developing friendly and cooperative relations with Laotian localities, especially Vientiane, thereby strengthening the two countries' special relations.
Hanoi has participated in supporting the construction of many practical works in Laos, which could not have been achieved without the valuable support of the Lao Embassy in Vietnam and Ambassador Sengphet Houngboungnuang himself.
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Understanding the difficulties that Laos has to face during pandemic prevention, Hanoi decided to send a gift including cash and medical supplies to the country's localities. To be specific, Vientiane received 30,000 medical masks, 10,000 test kíts and US$ 40,000, with each of eight northern provinces receiving US$ 20,000. Hanoi has previously received a US$ 15,000 donation from Vientiane.
"Although the gift's material value is not too big, it is a very meaningful one at a difficult time, a clear proof of the special solidarity and friendship between the two countries," said Dinh Tien Dung.
Dung said that Hanoi would continue to prioritize promoting friendly and cooperative relations with Laos' localities on the basis of promoting and deepening achieved results, and expanding new fields of cooperation, exploiting potential opportunities between the two sides.
For his part, the Laotian ambassador thanked Dinh Tien Dung for his sharing and congratulated the success of the 13th National Congress, the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and People's Councils at all levels for 2021-2026 tenure, and the first meeting session of the 15th National Assembly.
The ambassador sent his sincere gratitude to the party, state, and people of Vietnam, especially of Hanoi for paying close attention to and standing side by side with the party, state, and people of Laos. On the occasion of upcoming Vietnam's National Day (Sep. 2), Ambassador Sengphet Houngboungnuang sent congratulations to Hanoi's party committee, government, and people.
Ambassador Sengphet Houngboungnuang said he appreciated Hanoi's proactive response and positive results in Covid prevention. He hoped that the cooperative relations between the Laotian embassy and Hanoi authority would be constantly strengthened.
During the reception, a symbolic gift-giving ceremony was held between Hanoi's party committee, authority and people, and the people of Vientiane and eight northern Laos provinces. The gift includes US$ 200,000 and medical equipment to assist Laos to cope in the pandemic.
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