President: Vietnam, Laos strive to develop relations practically

Monday, 2017-09-04 14:37:25
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President Tran Dai Quang
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NDO/VNA - High-ranking leaders of Vietnam and Laos have agreed to give the top priority to developing and lifting the two countries’ relationship to a new height in a practical, effective and quality manner, President Tran Dai Quang has said.

Quang granted an interview to the media on the two countries’ traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation and their collaboration prospects on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962-2017).

He stated that the Vietnam-Laos relationship, which was founded by Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and Lao Presidents Kaysone Phomvihane and Souphanouvong and nurtured by generations of the two countries’ leaders and people, was tested through the two resistance wars against colonialists and imperialists and has been consolidated and developed.

This is a valuable treasure and an important factor ensuring the success of the revolutionary cause in each country, he affirmed.

The countries’ development history shows that without this special relationship, their past struggles for national liberation as well as the current nation building and safeguarding cause could not have gained great achievements.

Moreover, the relationship has contributed to peace, cooperation, stability and development in the region and the world, he added.

Regarding important milestones in the bilateral ties over the past 55 years, President Quang described September 5, 1962, when Vietnam and Laos set up their diplomatic ties, as a major historical event and a key milestone in the two countries’ relations.

On December 2, 1975, the Lao People's Democratic Republic was born, marking the victory of the Lao people as well as the special relations and fighting alliance between Laos and Vietnam.