A highlight of Vietnam – Laos great friendship

The Vietnam – Laos, Laos – Vietnam Solidarity and Friendship Year 2022 was held successfully in celebration of the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations (September 5, 1962 - September 5, 2022) and the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.
In 2022, a wide range of cultural and artistic programmes were held throughout cities and provinces in both countries to celebrate the milestones of Vietnam-Laos relations.
In 2022, a wide range of cultural and artistic programmes were held throughout cities and provinces in both countries to celebrate the milestones of Vietnam-Laos relations.

With many rich, unique and practical activities and events, the programme highlighted the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

As two neighbouring countries, Vietnam and Laos have always stood side by side in the struggle for national independence, as well as in today’s national construction and development. The bilateral close-nit, loyal and transparent relationship, which has been nurtured by generations of leaders and people, has become a valuable asset of the two nations.

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At a book exhibition on Vietnam-Laos relations held in Vietnam's Da Nang city in August 2022. (Photo: VNA)

The book exhibition entitled ‘The great friendship and special solidarity between Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam: Highlights on book pages’ took place in the city of Da Nang, displaying hundreds of books recalling the history of Vietnam – Laos ties and the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh, President Kaysone Phomvihane), and President Souphanouvong.

In Lao capital of Vientiane, the Diplomatic Academy under the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently released a book on the 60 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Laos. According to Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung, the book is a valuable document that provides readers with a deeper understanding of the cooperation between the two diplomatic sectors and two countries in general.

The special relationship between the two countries is also depicted through the photo exhibition which co-hosted by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Lao News Agency (KPL) in Hanoi. With more than 100 typical photos on display, the exhibition vividly spotlighted the close-nit and strong relationship between the two parties, states and peoples.

In 2022, a wide range of cultural and artistic programmes were held throughout cities and provinces in both countries to celebrate the milestones of Vietnam-Laos relations. The performances at the event praised the land, culture and the people in Vietnam and Laos as well as the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

Many contests on the history of Vietnam-Laos relations were also launched last year, attracting large numbers of participants, contributing to helping people of the two countries, especially the younger generation, gain a deeper understanding of the special bilateral relationship.

The Year has left a deep impression and spread the friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Laos to people from all walks of life, especially the younger generations of the two countries.

In addition, more than 6,200 entries were sent to a story-telling contest, which was co-organised by the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Friendship Associations, the Lao Embassy in Vietnam, and Vietnam Times magazine.

Through their touching stories, thousands of entrants from both Vietnam and Laos highlighted the solidarity and attachment between the two nations. According to Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Sengphet Houngboungnuang, the contest contributed to fostering and nurturing the friendship between the peoples of the two countries.

The younger generations of Vietnam and Laos are always aware of the importance of the special solidarity between the two countries. Accordingly, the Vietnam-Laos Youth Friendship Meeting and the “Following leaders’ footprints” programme in 2022, provided an opportunity for youngsters from the two countries, to gather together and review the friendship tradition between the two peoples.

Through the programme, they showed their determination to play a vanguard role in further consolidating and strengthening the relationship between the two Parties, States and peoples of the two countries.

The Year has left a deep impression and spread the friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Laos to people from all walks of life, especially the younger generations of the two countries. It also helped to deepen the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, making practical contributions to the development and prosperity of each country.

NDO