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Lao alumni in Vietnam meet in Vientiane

Vientiane, July 14 (VNA) – Lao alumni who studied at the Vietnam People’s Army schools and academies met at an exchange in Vientiane on July 14. 

Speaking at the event, Lieut. Gen Vilay Lakhamphong, Deputy Defence Minister and Director of the General Political Department of the Lao People’s Army, hailed the significance of the exchange in the context that the two countries’ Parties, governments, armies and people are celebrating the Laos-Vietnam, Vietnam-Laos Year of Solidarity and Friendship, the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18) and the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5). 

Lakhamphong said the event affords Lao alumni a chance to recall their unforgettable memories in Vietnam, adding that many of them are holding important positions in the Lao People’s Army and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. 

He stated that the officers and soldiers of the Lao People’s Army will do their best to foster the special solidarity, fighting alliance and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. 

In his speech, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People’s Army Maj. Gen Le Hien Van attributed the past victories in the national liberation and reunification and the current national development to the valuable and effective support of the Lao Party, State, army and people. 

He expressed hope that the Lao alumni in Vietnam would continue serving as a bridge fostering traditional friendship and comprehensive collaboration between the two armies. 

Earlier, similar events were held in the north, south and central of Laos in April, May and June, respectively.