Vietnamese Party leader pays visit to Laos

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On the morning of November 24, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos, beginning his official visit to the neighbouring country.
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NDO—Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid an official friendly visit to Laos from November 24-26 at the invitation of Lao Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith.

Numerous Vietnamese people living, working and studying in Laos warmly welcomed General Secretary Trong at the airport.

Along the streets from Wattay International Airport to the Lao Presidential Palace, Lao people wave flags and flowers to welcome the Vietnamese Party leader and delegation of high-ranking officials.

At 11:05am on November 24, an official welcoming ceremony—the highest honour for a Head of State—was solemnly held for General Secretary Trong. Vietnamese Party chief (left) and Lao Party General Secretary and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith stand at the podium of honour.

Vietnamese and Lao Party leaders inspect the guard of honour.

After the welcoming ceremony, General Secretary Trong and President Bounnhang chaired official talks at the Lao Presidential Palace. In the friendly and solidarity atmosphere of mutual understanding, the two sides informed each other of the current situation of the two countries, the implementation of the Resolutions of the two Parties’ Congresses; and discussed policies and mechanisms to deepen the traditional friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries and common issues in the region and the world.

The two leaders are pleased to see that the special relations and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties and countries have been constantly enhanced and deepened in all fields. They agreed that in the current context of the region and the world, the stability and development of each country, particularly of Vietnam-Laos relations, are very important factors in the two countries’ construction and defence. The two sides affirmed their determination to strongly and comprehensively support the cause of Renewal together.

The Vietnamese Party chief and Lao Party and State leader witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a joint website related to economic and trade cooperation between the Vietnamese and Lao Ministries of Industry and Trade. This was one of seven cooperation agreements that the two sides signed on the occasion of General Secretary Trong’s visit to Laos.

On November 24, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. The Lao Government leader appreciated the results in Vietnam – Lao co-operation between the two countries over the recent time, significantly contributing to the stability and socio-economic development of Laos as well as the enhancement of the faithful and special relations between the two nations.

At the meeting with Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly (NA) Pany Yathotou, the Vietnamese Party leader affirmed that Vietnam always respects the comprehensive co-operation and friendship with Laos as well as support the renewal process and construction and defence of the neighbouring country. He expressed his hope that the two countries’ NA would strengthen the co-operation and exchange of information and experience in the field of legislation.

Receiving President of the Lao Front for National Construction Saysomphone Phomvihane, the Vietnamese Party chief congratulated him on the achievements that the Lao Front has gained and expressed his appreciation for the exchanges and cooperation between the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Lao Front. He said the fronts hold an extremely important position in each country’s political system.

Receiving President of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association Vilayvong Butdakham, Party leader Trong expressed his appreciation for the practical and significant activities launched by the association and numerous initiatives of organising activities to celebrate major days in 2017.

Vietnamese and Lao Party leaders attend a talk at the Lao National University in Vientiane on November 25.

Nearly 2,000 lecturers, officials and students at the Lao National University attend the talk by General Secretary Trong on November 26. The university is now the largest education and training facility in Laos and has trained nearly 90,000 students, including nearly 3,000 Vietnamese.

Speaking at the Lao National University, the Vietnamese Party leader expressed his hope that the younger generations would make more efforts to become high-quality human resources, contributing to the success of the modernisation and industrialisation process in each country as well as the development of Vietnam-Laos relations in the context of the new situation.

General Secretary Trong (right) presents 30 computers to the National University of Laos.

Party leader Trong and Lao President Bounnhang plant memorial trees at the Lao National University.

General Secretary Trong and the delegation of high-ranking officials visit a museum dedicated to the life and revolutionary career of Kaysone Phomvihane, the leader of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party from 1955 until his death in 1992. He also established and fostered the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

The Vietnamese delegation visits the memorial house for Lao President Souphanouvong, the outstanding leader of the Lao Party, State and Front for National Construction who devoted his whole life to national independence and freedom and happiness for the Lao people.

The Vietnamese Party chief writes in guest book at the memorial house for Lao President Souphanouvong.

Party chief Trong and the delegation of high-ranking Vietnamese officials visits the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos and representatives of overseas Vietnamese, students and enterprises in Laos.

Chairman of the General Association of Vietnamese People in Laos Nguyen Duy Trung affirms that the Vietnamese people always want to contribute to the fatherland’s development.

General Secretary Trong informs Vietnamese people of the great achievements of the country as well as the difficulties and challenges during the development process. He expressed his hope that the Vietnamese people in Laos would continue to uphold their solidarity to help each other as well as to actively integrate into their host country.

XUAN SON - PHAM GIANG