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Special links between Vietnamese, Lao armies highlighted

January 05, 2021 | 07:55

Representatives from the Lao Embassy in Vietnam, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), and the Vietnam - Laos Friendship Association visited the Hanoi Capital High Command on January 4.

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The delegates pose for a group photo.

The visit was made on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (December 22) and the 72nd anniversary of the Lao People’s Army (January 20).

During the working session, Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Sengphet Houngboungnuang spoke highly of achievements as well as cooperation between the High Commands of Hanoi and Vientiane over the past time.

Vietnam has also helped Laos with budget in infrastructure and equipment building for the Vientiane Capital Military Command, according to the diplomat.

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Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Sengphet Houngboungnuang speaks at the working session.

He said over the past 45 years, despites rapid and complex developments in the region and the world, the great friendship, faithful and pure solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, built and nurtured by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh, Kaysone Phomvihane, and Souphanouvong and upheld by generations of the two countries' leaders, revolutionaries, and people, have become a priceless asset shared by the two countries.

It is the decisive factor in every success of each country’s revolution, and it has not faded away but continued to be enhanced both extensively and intensively in all aspects, according to him.

The diplomat considered the working session as a demonstration of the close-knit ties and special solidarity between the Vietnamese and Lao armies and peoples, expressing his hope that the countries’ younger generations will keep treasuring and promoting these relations.

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Maj. Gen. Nguyen Quoc Duyet, Commander of the Hanoi Capital High Command, speaks at the working session.

Maj. Gen. Nguyen Quoc Duyet, Commander of the Hanoi Capital High Command, stressed that Laos always holds a special position to Vietnam, saying the Hanoi Capital High Command always adheres to the Vietnamese Party and State’s foreign policy, which attaches special importance to relations with the neighbouring country.

Over the past five years, the high command has organised many working visits to Laos and also welcomed delegations of Lao military officers, according to the officer.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides have also held phone talks to share experience in disease prevention and control, which has helped strengthen links between the Hanoi Capital High Command and the Vientiane Capital Military Command, thus contributing to the relations between the two armies and peoples, he went on.

Vietnam always gives the highest priority to consolidating and enhancing the friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation with Laos, Duyet affirmed./.

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