Vietnamese, Lao women contribute to fostering bilateral ties

Vientiane (VNA) – A Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) delegation attended a ceremony hosted by the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) Central Committee in Vientiane on September 6 to mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Laos (September 5) and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18).

Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonesay Siphandone (left) presents the Issara (Independence) Order, second class, to Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women's Union (Source: VNA)

Addressing the event, LWU Chairwoman Inlavan Keobounphan highlighted the solidarity between Vietnamese and Lao people, which has been tested through struggles against colonialists and imperialists and national construction. 

The solidarity was the decisive factor for the success of the two countries’ revolutions and an invaluable asset passed down by President Ho Chi Minh, President Kaysone Phomvihane and President Souphanouvong, she said. 

Keobounphan said generations of Vietnamese and Lao officials, Party members and people, and the central committees of the two women’s unions have worked to preserve and promote the traditional relationship. 

Despite a complex global situation, the people of Vietnam and Laos and their women in particular will carry forward revolutionary achievements and cooperation by educating women and young people about the relationship, she said. 

Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, VWU Chairwoman, said her union will work with the LWU to promote the relationship, contributing to socio-economic development and international integration of each country. 

On this occasion, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonesay Siphandone presented the Issara (Independence) Order, second class, to Ha and the Issara Order, third class, to four chairwomen of the VWU. 

The women’s unions of nine Vietnamese cities and provinces, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ninh, Dak Lak, Thanh Hoa, Son La, Quang Tri, Nghe An and Kon Tum also received Laos’ Labour Order, third class, for their contributions to the friendship between the two countries. 

Following the meeting, the delegates visited a photo exhibition capturing the Vietnam-Laos relationship held by the LWU Central Committee.-VNA