Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister
and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh visited the Lao Embassy in Hanoi on April 11
to extend his greetings ahead of the Lao traditional New Year festival Bunpimay.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (left) and Lao
Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane (Photo: VNA)
At the visit, Minh expressed his delight at thriving Vietnam – Laos ties and
regular visits between their high-ranking leaders. He mentioned the recent
visit to Laos by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and
President Nguyen Phu Trong, saying it helped boost bilateral cooperation.
He affirmed Vietnam considers Laos’ traditional New Year festival as its own and
vice versa, and their exchanges of greetings reflect friendship, solidarity and
The Deputy PM said Vietnam is working
to realise agreements obtained between the two leaders to push relations toward
effectiveness and practical outcomes.
The Foreign Ministry will continue
collaborating with the Lao embassy on such efforts and further extend
cooperation opportunities for both nations, he added.
Congratulating Laos on its
achievements after three years implementing the Resolution of the 10th National
Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Minh said he believes the
country, under its Party’s leadership, will continue its gains in the future.
For his part, Lao Ambassador
Thongsavanh Phomvihane said the Deputy PM and Foreign Ministry officials always
create favourable conditions for the embassy to fulfill its mission.
He stated the embassy will continue
working closely with the ministry on monitoring and boosting the implementation
of the two nations’ cooperation agreements.
Expressing his appreciation for
Vietnam’s assistance toward his country, the diplomat said Laos will step up its
education on the bilateral relations and celebration of the two nations’ major
events, particularly the 70th traditional day of Vietnamese soldiers in Laos
(October 30, 1949).
Bupimay festival takes place in Laos
on April 14 – 16 annually, with locals splashing water on each other to wish for
good luck in the year ahead.-VNA