On May 14 morning, Sr. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang hosted a ceremony for Sr. Lt. Gen. Suvon Luongbunmi and his entourage.

After the welcome ceremony, the Lao Chief of the General Staff paid a courtesy call to Vietnamese Defense Minister, General Ngo Xuan Lich.

At the meeting, the host believed, the visit will make significant contributions to promoting the special traditional friendship between the two countries as well as bilateral defense cooperation, for the sake of their people.

Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, Sr. Lt. Gen. Phan Van Giang hosting the welcome ceremony for Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Lao People’s Army, Sr. Lt. Gen. Suvon Luongbunmi (R)

Gen. Luongbunmi said senior leaders of Laos and Vietnam and their militaries have paid great attention to promoting defense cooperative ties.

He expressed his belief that the sound relations and comprehensive cooperation between the Parties, States, militaries and people of Laos and Vietnam will be cemented and strengthened in the future, contributing to peace, stability and development of each nation.

The two sides agreed to expand cooperation in training Lao military students and officers in Vietnam as well as building a shared borderline of stability and comprehensive development.

Vietnam and Laos will closely coordinate to step up the search and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese soldiers and experts who laid down their lives in Laos during wartime as well as enhancing delegation, culture, and sports exchanges, particularly among young officers.

Later, Gen. Phan Van Giang held talks with his Lao counterpart Suvon Luongbunmi.

Both sides highlighted the bilateral defense cooperation as a key pillar in general relations between the two countries, contributing to sustainable development and stability in other fields.

The two sides strengthened coordination between military services and units to protect the shared borderline and prevent trans-border crimes, particularly drug-related crimes.

They also conducted out training courses for military experts and officers, share experience and provide mutual support in building and improving the quality of combat readiness.

Translated by Chung Anh