Vietnamese and Laotian Youth Come Together to Celebrate Friendship

The Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LPRYU) is in Vietnam to attend the two countries’ youth friendship meeting and the “Following Leaders’ Footprints” project.

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Vietnam and Laos inaugurated the youth friendship meeting and the “Following leaders’ footsteps” program 2022 in Hanoi on September 14. The event saw the participation of more than 300 youth delegates from Vietnam and over 100 delegates from Laos, as reported by VNA.

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Lao youth at the event in Hanoi. Source: Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the two events mentioned above resumed with the participation of 102 Laotian delegates and around 300 youth union members from Vietnam.

These programs are meaningful activities to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries (September 5, 1962 – 2022) and the 45th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977 – 2022). They also serve as a special occasion for the youth of both countries to remember the traditional alliance, support, and goodwill between the Parties, States, and people of Vietnam and Laos in the national liberation, reunification, and development.

Bui Quang Huy, first secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) Central Committee, emphasized the importance of these events in teaching the youth about the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos. He also mentioned the significance of studying and following the ideologies, moral examples, and styles of late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomvihane.

Huy highlighted the HCYU’s commitment to strengthening the friendship and cooperation between the youth of both countries and acknowledged the need for greater efforts to elevate this relationship to new heights.

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Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LPRYU) Central Committee Monxay Laomuasong. Source: Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper

In his remarks, Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LPRYU) Central Committee Monxay Laomuasong highlighted the significance of these programs in exchanging experiences, discussing the youth situation, reviewing the traditional friendship, and visiting historical sites of revolutionary activities.

The activities within these programs aim to strengthen the special solidarity, comprehensive cooperation, and strategic relations between the two Parties, States, peoples, and youth unions.

During the opening ceremony, the LPRYU Central Committee and the HCYU Central Committee were honored with the first-class Labor Order of each other’s countries. Additionally, 11 Vietnamese-Laotian youths were recognized for their outstanding performance in a contest on the history of the special relations between the two countries.

The HCYU Central Committee was bestowed with the first-class Labour Order of Laos. Source: Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper
The HCYU Central Committee was bestowed with the first-class Labor Order of Laos. Source: Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper

The program will continue until September 18 and include various meaningful and practical activities, according to Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper.

As part of the program, the leaders of the Lao Communist Youth Union will have courtesy meetings with the leaders of the Party and State of Vietnam. They will also visit and work with the Culture and Education Committee of the National Assembly and meet with the Secretary of the Provincial Party Committees of Bac Ninh Province and Hoa Binh Province.

Furthermore, Lao and Vietnamese youth delegates will participate in a seminar on the thoughts of President Ho Chi Minh and President Kaysone Phomvihane with Vietnamese-Laotian youth.

The delegates will also visit historical sites in Vietnam, such as President Ho Chi Minh’s relic site, Vietnam-Laos International Martyrs Cemetery, and Kim Lien relic site, among others. They will also have opportunities to explore tourist destinations and exchange with young people and students in various localities.

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The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union on September 12 welcomes the delegation of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union at Cau Treo International Border Gate in Huong Son District, the Central province of Ha Tinh. Source: SGGP
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Source: SGGP
Hannah Nguyen