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Deputy PM receives Lao youth union delegation

HCM City, September 6 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception in Hanoi on September 6 for a delegation from the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union led by its Secretary Sonethanou Thammavong. 

The Deputy PM spoke highly of the Vietnam – Laos youth exchange programme 2017, adding that 2017 is a special year with a wide range of activities to celebrate bilateral diplomatic ties nurtured by generations of the two countries’ Party, State leaders and people. 

Minh urged Vietnamese and Lao young people to raise their responsibility for socio-economic development in each country, adding long-term cooperation between the two youth union central committees should be practical and effective. 

He stressed the need to strengthen collaboration between the two countries’ provincial-level youth unions, particularly those in border provinces. 

Thammavong, for his part, said the youth exchange programme was meant to celebrate the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5) and the 40th anniversary of the signing of Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18). 

He said the 2017-2022 cooperation agreement between the two youth union central committees has been under thorough consideration to effectively tap youth spirit of Vietnamese and Lao young people. 

The guest expressed wish that the two youth unions would work closely together to successfully perform tasks in the new period.