Viet Nam, Laos seek to further deepen defence ties

Tuesday, 2019-03-19 17:10:39
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Gen. Luong Cuong, Standing Member of the Central Military Commission and Director of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) General Department of Politics, and Lieut. Gen. Thongloy Silivong, Deputy Defence Minister and Director of the Lao People’s Army (LPA) General Department of Politics, inspect the Guard of Honour during a welcoming ceremony in Hanoi on March 19.
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NDO – Vietnam and Laos will further strengthen their cooperation in training Lao military officers and learners at academies and schools under the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, while supporting each other in communicating the traditional friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and armies.

The consensus was reached during talks between Gen. Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Standing Member of the Central Military Commission and Director of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) General Department of Politics, and visiting Lieut. Gen. Thongloy Silivong, member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee, Deputy Defence Minister and Director of the Lao People’s Army (LPA) General Department of Politics, in Hanoi, on March 19.

Addressing the talks, Gen. Luong Cuong affirmed that Silivong’s visit, which took place shortly after the official friendly visit to Laos made by Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, will contribute to concretising and implementing the high-level agreements reached by the two countries, as well as further deepening the traditional friendly ties, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and armies.

Both sides agreed that the cooperation between the VPA General Department of Politics and the LPA General Department of Politics has been implemented in a comprehensive, extensive, pragmatic and effective manner over the past few years, especially in sharing experience across the areas of information, communication and education about traditions, training officers, exchanging all-level delegations and searching and repatriating the remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts in Laos.

A general view of the talks between the high-ranking political delegations of the VPA and the LPA.

The collaboration between the two armies has now become a pillar in the Vietnam-Laos relations, contributing to promoting sustainable and stable development in other areas of bilateral cooperation, they stated.

Lieut. Gen. Thongloy Silivong said he believed that the fine relations between the two countries’ armies will strengthen the trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States, peoples and armies of the two countries, while ensuring the maintenance of political security and stability in each country, thereby contributing to maintaining peace, stability and development in both countries.

Regarding cooperation orientations for the time ahead, the two sides agreed to accelerate the progress of searching and repatriating the remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts who laid down their lives in Laos, in addition to boosting the exchange of delegations and cultural and sport exchanges, and twinning their respective units.

As part of their working trip to Vietnam, the high-ranking political delegation of the LPA, led by Lieut. Gen. Thongloy Silivong, paid courtesy calls to Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission and Minister of Defence, and Tran Quoc Vuong, Politburo member and permanent member of the PCC’s Secretariat. The guests also made working visits to the Military Zone 7 and the Military Zone 9.