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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Vietnam, Laos seek closer people-to-people exchange

Updated: 09:00’ - 07/10/2022
The Vietnamese Party, State and National Assembly (NA) will provide the best conditions for organizations of Vietnam to boost friendship and cooperation with their Lao counterparts, said NA Permanent Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Man on October 6.
Man made the statement while meeting his visiting Lao counterpart Sommad Pholsena, who also serves as Chairman of the Lao Committee for Peace and Solidarity, in Hanoi.

NA Standing Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Man meets his visiting Lao counterpart Sommad Pholsena in Hanoi on October 6__Photo: Minh Duc/VNA

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and its members - the Vietnam Peace Committee and the Vietnam - Laos Friendship Association have closely coordinated with those of Laos to host various meaningful activities, he noted, adding that both sides have also offered active support to each other at multilateral people-to-people forums, contributing to reinforcing the long-standing ties between the two countries.
He urged the Vietnam Peace Committee and the Lao Committee for Peace and Solidarity to come up with more practical and specific cooperation programs and to educate younger generations of Vietnam and Laos on the two countries’ special traditional friendship and their major joint events.
Pholsena updated his host on the outcomes of the meeting between the two committees, saying the two sides share deep awareness of their important roles in diplomacy and people-to-people exchange.
Agreeing with Man’s proposal, he pledged Laos will continue promoting education on and nurturing bilateral ties. Laos will also step up cultural exchange, trade and tourism promotion with Vietnam and work with its neighbor to address war aftermaths and take mine action.
During the meeting, NA Vice Chairman Man also highlighted the growing partnership between the two countries’ legislatures after the visit of Lao NA Chairman Saysomphone Phomvihane to Vietnam in December 2021 and that of top Vietnamese legislator Vuong Dinh Hue to Laos in May 2022, noting that progress of investment projects has been accelerated.
Obstacles to the two countries’ economic cooperation have been actively removed thanks to concerted efforts of the two NAs and Governments, he said.
Later the same day, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), met with Lao National Assembly Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Lao Committee for Peace and Solidarity Pholsena.
She said the VUFO will provide all possible conditions for the Vietnam – Laos Friendship Association, the Vietnam Peace Committee and other VUFO members to step up bilateral friendship exchanges and closely coordinate with their Lao peers in people-to-people diplomacy mechanisms in order to better exercise their role as a bridge to promote the two countries’ relations in all areas.
Nga also called for strengthened education for people, particularly younger generations, from both sides of the “one and only” Vietnam– Laos friendship.
Pholsena said he visited Vietnam at the time when the two countries are celebrating the Vietnam – Laos, Laos – Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year 2022, the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and the 45th year of the signing of their Treaty for Amity and Cooperation.
He affirmed that the Lao Committee for Peace and Solidarity will carry out activities to further boost friendship and solidarity between the two countries' people.
The two officials also took the occasion to update each other on the two countries’ socio-economic development.- (VNS/VLLF)

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