Thuc stated that over recent years, the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos has been clearly manifested through a collaboration programme in front work between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which serves a common goal of uniting the people to pave the foundation for the three countries’ economic development.
Specifically, the coordination programme signed between Vietnam and Laos covers the friendly people-to-people exchange, the building of the Vietnam-Laos borderline, and the enhancement of experience sharing in religious solidarity, he said.
The VFF official noted that Vietnam’s religious solidarity mobilisation has a joint programme for the front agencies, with the active involvement of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) in calling for solidarity among the entire people.
The Vietnam Fatherland Front and the Lao Front for National Construction are also implementing many effective coordination programmes, thereby creating favourable conditions for the people of the two countries to develop and affirming the lasting friendship between the Vietnamese and Lao people, he added.
On the occasion, Thuc extended his sympathies for the huge damage caused by the recent dam collapse incident in Laos, while affirming that Vietnam has already provided assistance and is willing to offer more in order to help the Lao people promptly overcome difficulties and stabilise their lives.
For his part, Most Venerable Veth Masenay stated that since 2005, the Buddhist sanghas of Vietnam and Laos have signed a six-article memorandum of understanding (MoU) aiming to accelerate bilateral relations.
He called for more practical activities to be held by the two sides in order to further improve the role of the MoU and enhance the Buddhist cohesiveness between Vietnam and Laos.