In an article published on its August 4 issue, the newspaper highlighted the bilateral time-honoured friendship and collaboration, which was founded and fostered by Lao Presidents Kaysone Phomvihane and Suphanouvong and Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh.

Lao students welcome Bunpimay festival 2021 in Thua Thue-Hue province (Photo: VNA)

Over the past time, the Party, Government and people of Vietnam have provided valuable, timely and effective help, including annual aid as well as extraordinary assistance in response to natural disasters.

In particular, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam is the first country to send personnel to Laos to support its fight against the pandemic, which demonstrates the special nature of the bilateral relations, said the article.

It added that Vietnam is currently a major economic, trade and investment partner of Laos, with two-way trade rising continuously and Vietnam currently being Laos’ third biggest investor.

The two countries’ senior leaders have increased meetings, and delegation exchanges have been held regularly, which affirm the determination to enhance the friendship, special solidarity and all-round collaboration in a new situation and in accordance with each country’s situation.

The article also mentioned the official friendship visit to Vietnam by Lao Party General Secretary and President Thongloun Sisoulith from June 28-29 – his first foreign tour as the top leader of Laos.

The visit as well as efforts to strengthen the bilateral cooperation once again affirm the will and determination of the Lao Party, State and people to maintain its profound, closed-knit and mutual confident relations with Vietnam, it wrote./.

CPV (Source: VNA)