At the event, the Lao side honored 22 Vietnamese officers and 69 units, who significantly contributed to reinforcing and strengthening the traditional friendship and special solidarity between the two peoples and militaries.

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Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Channhalat (first from left) presenting an order to the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army

Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Channhalat, Lao Defense Minister, and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Ngo Xuan Lich co-chaired the event. The event also saw the attendance of senior officers of the Vietnam People’s Army and representatives of the Lao Embassy in Vietnam.

Over the past years, the militaries of Vietnam and Laos have maintained close connection and supported each other in various fields. Notably, during the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017, the two militaries collaborated in organizing practical activities in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Amity and Cooperation between Vietnam and Laos (July 18, 1977 - July 18, 2017) and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Channhalat presenting the order to the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army

The bilateral defense ties have been increasingly enhanced and become a key pillar of the special solidarity between the two sides, contributing to maintaining peaceful environment and socio-political stability of each country.

Addressing the ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Chansamone Channhalat expressed his honor to be the representative of the Lao government and defense ministry to award the noble orders to Vietnamese officers and units. He stressed that the awards contributed to tightening the friendship and solidarity between the two Parties, States, peoples and militaries.

For his part, General Lich treasured the awards of the Lao Party, State and military conferred on troops of the Vietnam People’s Army. He reaffirmed that Vietnam and Laos are two close neighboring countries in the Indochina Peninsula, which share many geographical and historical similarities.

The two peoples stood shoulder to shoulder and shared both hardships and successes in fighting common enemies for national independence in the past.

The Vietnam-Laos special friendship was founded by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomvihane and continuously nurtured by generations of the two countries’ leaders and people, he added.

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Units of the Vietnam People's Army receiving the noble orders of the Lao State and the Lao Ministry of National Defense 

The Lao precious orders, in recognition of the deserved contribution of individuals and units of the Vietnam People’s Army, have contributed to deepening the special solidarity between the two countries.

On behalf of the Permanent Committee of the Central Military Commission, General Lich congratulated the awarded individuals and units.

Translated by Trung Thanh