In his opening remarks, Lao Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Phuvong Vongphom recalled the victory of the Vietnamese military and people 65 years ago, saying it is also the victory of Lao and Cambodian peoples who shared the same energy and the goal of national liberation with Vietnam.

Under the sound leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Vietnam People’s Army and people have gained successes in reform, revolutionary achievement protection and socialism building, significantly contributing to peace and stability in Asia-Pacific and the world at large, he said.

Vietnamese Defense Attache to Laos Colonel Tao Van Thai speaks at the event.

This has created great momentum for the Lao military and people in national defense and development, the official stressed.

Officers and soldiers of the Lao People’s Army will learn from the traditions and spirit of their Vietnamese counterparts, and join efforts in nurturing and promoting the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries and armies, he said.

Sharing Phuvong Vongphom’s views, Vietnamese Defense Attache to Laos Colonel Tao Van Thai said the Dien Bien Phu victory is a joint one among the three Indochinese nations, the triumph of solidarity and combatant alliance between Vietnam and Laos.

He took the occasion to thank the Lao Party, State, military and people for their valuable support to Vietnam during the past struggle for national liberation as well as the present national construction and defense.

The Dien Bien Phu Campaign lasted from March to May 1954 under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap. Vietnam’s victory on May 7, 1954 led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords in which France agreed to withdraw its forces from its colonies in Indochina.

Source: VNA