National Assembly Chairman Visits Laos to Strengthen Solidarity
|National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrives in Vientiane, beginning his official visit to Laos. Photo: VNA|
National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and his entourage arrived at Vientiane at noon on May 15, beginning their official visit to Laos, reported VNA.
The three-day visit is being made at the invitation of President of the Lao National Assembly Xaysomphone Phomvihane.
|He was greeted by Vice President of the National Assembly Sommad Pholsena, other senior officials of the National Assembly, Vietnamese Ambassador to the Lao PDR Nguyen Ba Hung and relevant officials. Source: KPL Laos News|
Hue is being accompanied by NA Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Hai; NA Secretary General and Head of the NA Office Bui Van Cuong; Chairman of the NA Committee for External Relations Vu Hai Ha; Chairman of the NA Council for Ethnic Affairs Y Thanh Ha Nie K'dam; Chairman of the NA Economic Committee Vu Hong Thanh; and Chairman of the NA Committee for Defence and Security Le Tan Toi, among others.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung and the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos, and representatives of the Vietnamese community welcomed Hue and the high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese legislature at the airport.
Representatives from the Lao side at the welcome ceremony were Vice President of the Lao NA Sommad Pholsena, Chairman of the Lao NA’s Committee for Foreign Affairs Sanya Praseuth, and NA Deputy Secretary General Bounthan Bounvilay.
This is the first official visit to Laos by a senior leader of Vietnam in the Laos - Vietnam Solidarity and Friendship Year 2022, and also the first by Hue as Chairman of the Vietnamese NA.
Hue is also the first foreign parliamentary leader to visit Laos since the country’s 11th National Party Congress and the 9th-tenure NA’s first session.
The visit takes place amid a number of important activities being held in the Vietnam - Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year to mark the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties of the two countries (September 5) and 45 years since the signing of the Laos - Vietnam Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18).
Vietnam and Laos are neighbours with a traditional and close-knit friendship founded by Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh, and Lao Presidents Kaysone Phomvihane and Souphanouvong, and nurtured by generations of both countries' leaders and people.
Bilateral cooperation has been strengthened over the time and the people of Vietnam and Laos have always walked side by side in the struggles for national liberation as well as national construction and development in each country.
Vietnam is currently among three leading foreign investors in Laos.
|Two countries' delegates at the groundbreaking of the Laos-Vietnam friendship park in the Lao capital city of Vientiane. Source: icd.gov.vn|
|At the ceremony. Source: icd.gov.vn|
On the afternoon of May 15, within the framework of the visit, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam and the Central Office of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) held the groudbreaking ceremony of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Park in Vientiane.
This is the first activity within the framework of the official visit to Laos by NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, according to news from the International Cooperation Department under Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam.
The Laos - Vietnam Friendship Park will be a special symbol of solidarity and solidarity between the Party, State and people of our two countries, covers an area of 30,000 square meters.
Once completed and put into use, the park will become a place of entertainment for the people of Vientiane, and at the same time, a special address in the education of revolutionary traditions and great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation for the young generations, so that international friends can better understand the good and pure relationship between Vietnam and Laos.
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