Dong Thap celebration marks Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties

Saturday, 2017-09-09 15:11:37
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NDO/VNA – A ceremony took place at Dong Thap University, in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on September 9 to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962) and the 40th year of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977).

The event was held in the presence of Lao Consul General in HCM City Somxay Sanamoune, the province’s senior officials and Lao students studying at Dong Thap University.

In his remarks at the event, Sanamoune praised the long-standing relations between Vietnam and Laos, saying despite current pressing issues in the world and region, the two countries’ comprehensive partnership has seen significant progress in all fields, including politics, security, defence, economics, and education.

The Vietnam-Laos relations is an example of the neighbouring ties built on the will and solidarity of their people, said Vice Chairman of the Dong Thap People’s Committee Doan Tan Buu.

He urged the provincial Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association to continue maintaining the good bilateral relationship and to bridge Dong Thap with Lao localities, paving the way for further expanding the cooperation between the two sides.

The association took the occasion to launch its chapter at the Dong Thap University, aiming to increase awareness of the special Vietnam-Laos relations among the young generation.

Over 14,000 Lao officials and students studied in Vietnam in the 2016-2017 academic year while about 60 Vietnamese attended courses in Laos.