Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos

The first Vietnam-Laos border defence friendship exchange was held on December 12 in Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province of Vietnam and Sepon district, Savannakhet province of Laos
December 13, 2021 | 09:09
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
A welcoming ceremony for the two Defence Ministers of Vietnam and Laos. Photo: VOV

Prominent figures in attendance at the event were Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Gen. Phan Van Giang and his Lao counterpart Chansamone Chanyalath.

Within the framework of the first friendship exchange, a wide range of major activities are launched such as saluting sovereignty milestones, planting souvenir trees, conducting joint patrols of both nations' border guards, and offering gifts to Lao and Vietnamese students.

During the meeting, the two defence ministers appreciated the results of the 2nd Defence Policy Dialogue, affirming that this is an important mechanism to unify a common perception on regional security issues of shared concern.

Despite suffering the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, defence cooperation between the two countries has been effectively deployed and achieved positive outcomes.

Minister of National Defence Gen. Phan Van Giang emphasized Vietnam's readiness to share difficulties that Laos is facing in the fight against COVID-19. In its capacity, the Ministry of National Defence of Vietnam is ready to support Laos both in terms of manpower and resources on request.

According to VNS, Giang also expressed thanks to the Lao Ministry of National Defence for coordinating with its Vietnamese counterpart to successfully organise the first national defence border friendship exchange.

He proposed to boost relations between armies of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, including maintaining regular meetings between national defence ministers of the three countries.

Lao minister Chansamone expressed his delights at the first national defence friendship exchange held between the two countries, saying that it would mark a milestone in lifting the security cooperation between the two countries to a new level.

After the talks, the two ministers signed a protocol on search and rescue cooperation and the Việt Nam-Laos national defence cooperation plan in 2022 and witnessed the signing of the agreement on border guard cooperation between the two countries.

Immediately after the meeting, the two ministers signed a number of important documents to further step up bilateral defence cooperation and cooperation between border guards of the two countries in the coming time.

The organization of the first Vietnam-Laos border defence friendship exchange comes from the direction of the two Parties and States on building a Vietnam-Laos borderline of peace, friendship and stability and cooperation for common development.

The exchange program is also part of the defence diplomacy activities launched by the two defence ministries in 2021.

Some photos featuring the exchange event:

Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
The Lao Minister of National Defense of Laos speaks at Primary School No. 2 in Lao Bao town. Photo: VOV
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
Photo: VOV
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
The welcome ceremony for the Vietnamese delegation at Densavan border gate is solemnly held under the chairmanship of Lao Minister of National Defence Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath. Photo: VOV
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
The exchange officially begins with a welcoming ceremony for the Vietnamese delegation at the Densavan border gate of Laos. Photo: VOV
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
General Phan Van Giang (L) and General Chansamone Chanyalath. Photo: People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
Photo: People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
A ceremony to see off the Vietnamese delegation at the Border Post of Lao Bao International Border Gate. Photo: People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
General Chansamone Chanyalath chairs the welcoming ceremony for the Vietnamese delegation.
Photo: People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
Photo: People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
The two defense ministers painting the landmark. Photo: People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
Photo: People's Army Newspaper
Vietnam, Laos Hold First Border Defence Friendship Exchange - Photos
Photo: VOV
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