Vietnamese defence minister visits Vietnam-Laos fighting alliance monument

Defence Minister Phan Van Giang and a high-ranking Vietnamese military delegation offered incense and flowers at a monument dedicated to the Vietnam-Laos fighting alliance in the Lao province of Xiengkhouang on September 16.
The Vietnamese delegation at the monument.
The Vietnamese delegation at the monument.

The delegation was joined by Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Chansamone Chanyalath and Xiengkhouang leaders.

The two defence ministers and delegates observed a minute of silence to remember the contributions of heroes and martyrs, who have fallen in the resistance war to protect the revolutionary accomplishments of Laos.

The Vietnam-Laos fighting alliance monument is dedicated to the Vietnamese and Lao soldiers, who died heroically during the resistance war against the US and is a noble symbol of the bilateral relationship.

On the same day, Minister Giang visited the Plain of Jars, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a location with the marks of the military feats achieved by the Vietnam-Laos alliance.

Fifty years ago, the alliance clinched victory in a defence campaign at the Plain of Jars and defeated the US’s enhanced special war in Laos, helping to protect the liberated region of strategic importance to Laos.