Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Mr Asang Laoly, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, opened an exhibition on the Laos-Vietnam Relationship at the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum yesterday.

The opening ceremony was attended by a high-level Vietnamese delegation led by a Politburo member of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Le Hong Anh, who is also a permanent member of the Party’s Central Committee Secretariat.

The Central Committee’s Office of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, in partnership with the Central Committee’s Office of the Vietnamese Communist Party and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam organised the exhibition entitled “Special Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam Relationship Year in the period 1962-2012.”

This exhibition is also to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations and 35th Anniversary of the Lao-Vietnam Friendship and Cooperation Treaty in both Vientiane, as the capital of Laos and Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

The Deputy Head of The Central Committee’s Office Mr Souvandy Sisavad, said that both exhibitions aim to provide information and knowledge about the special solidarity between the two Parties, countries and their peoples in their struggle for freedom as well as in the cause of national construction and development.

More that 400 images, documents, exhibits and books selected from the archive centres of the Central Committees of two Parties are on display, obtained from the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the national libraries and ministries of the two countries.

Mr Souvandy mentioned at the opening ceremony that some documents and images in this exhibition are going on public display for the first time.

The friendly relations and special solidarity between Laos and Vietnam are long- standing. Their shared history of friendship goes back to when the two countries were suffering oppression from both old and new colonialists, until Laos and Vietnam finally emerged from the struggles victorious.

At present, under the care of the Party, government and people of the two countries, the friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos will be continually developed in the interests of their peoples, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

The exhibition provides an introduction to the Lao and Vietnamese people and extols their patriotism and pride at resisting oppressive forces to gain independence, and the development of the special solidarity that exists between them.

Through the turmoil of their history with its ups and downs and a constantly evolving situation the Laos-Vietnam relationship has remained unchanged. “We are comrades and brothers, sharing our rice and vegetables.”

This exhibition has profound historic, social and human significance, focusing on describing typical events, putting forth realistic documents, images and exhibits concerning the close and comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, states and peoples of Laos and Vietnam, in the development of the two countries.

By Times Reporters
(Updated July 19, 2012)