Major-General Huynh Dac Huong, head of the National Liaison Committee and former Commissar of the High Command of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and military experts in Laos glowingly spoke of the long-standing friendly relations between the two countries.
He thanked the Lao Party, State and people for supporting Vietnam in the cause of national liberation and reunification, and affirmed the Vietnamese veterans will actively engage in people-to-people exchanges and educate young generations to nurture and develop the bilateral special relationship.
Party General Secretary and President Bounnhang Volachith, National Assembly Chairman Pany Yathotou, and President of the Lao Front for National Construction Central Committee Saysomphone Phomvihane stressed the significance of the visit from January 16-20, as it is the first made by a Vietnamese delegation to Laos in 2017, the year the two countries will host activities to mark the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam – Laos diplomatic relations (September 5, 1962) and the 40th anniversary of signing the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977).
Both nations have always stood side by side to fight foreign invaders as well as providing mutual support in their national building and development cause.
Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts are a noble symbol of the faithful and special relations between the two countries. The Lao Party, State and people always bear in mind their valuable assistance in the cause of national liberation and national defence and building thereafter, the Lao leaders said.