NA Chairman attends groundbreaking ceremony of Laos-Vietnam park

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and his Lao counterpart Saysomphone Phomvihane have attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Laos-Vietnam friendship park in Vientiane, as part of the former's official visit to the neighbouring country.

The May 15 event took place on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962) and 45 years of the signing of the Laos - Vietnam Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977).

The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Office of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee are the main investors of the project.

The park is located at Dong Mak Khai which is planned to be turned into a large urban centre of Vientiane capital.

It is a symbol of the special solidarity and close-knit ties between Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and peoples, said Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung at the ceremony.

Once operational, the park will serve as an education venue, helping young generations of Vietnam and Laos as well as international friends understand more about the good, pure relationship, he said, noting that the project also demonstrates viewpoints and guidelines of the two Parties and States on maintaining, consolidating and enhancing the special relationship now and in the future.

During his stay in Laos, Hue visited former Party General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Vorachith on May 16.

The NA Chairman conveyed regards and best wishes from Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the Lao former leader.

Hue briefed Bounnhang Vorachith on activities within his visit, including his talks with Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Xaysomphone Phomvihane during which the two sides reached consensus on orientations and measures to deepen the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive relations in a substantive and effective manner.

The top legislators are scheduled to co-chair a workshop where the two sides will exchange experiences on mechanisms and policies on post-pandemic economic recovery, Hue said.

Bounnhang Vorachith, for his part, described Hue’s visit as a milestone for the two Parties and States in the context of the 60th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties and 45 years of the signing of the Laos - Vietnam Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

This is also the first official visit to Laos by a Vietnamese senior leader in the two countries’ Friendship Year 2022, he noted, adding that it demonstrates the Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent policy of attaching importance to the relationship.

Bounnhang Vorachith suggested that apart from the thriving political ties, the two sides should promote their economic and social cooperation, saying economic collaboration plays an important role given adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the two countries.

In this regard, Hue said Vietnamese and Lao Parties and States resolve to create breakthroughs in the economic, trade and investment ties, making them on par with the political relations.

The Vietnamese legislature and its agencies are working hard to promote the links, he told the Lao former leader.

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