Forty-three years ago, on December 2, 1975, the National People's Congress of Laos issued a decision to establish the Lao People's Democratic Republic. This was considered as another resounding victory of the Lao people under the leadership of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party after they had completely liberated the country from the domination of imperialism and colonialism, starting a new development era of peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity for the country.

At the second Vietnam-Laos Border Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival in 2017. Photo for illustration:

Under the leadership of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the Lao people has gained great achievements in maintaining national independence and sovereignty, national territorial integrity, socio-political stability, defense and security while continuously raising its status in the international arena and improving people’s living standards.

As the two neighboring countries with similar geographic features, Vietnam and Laos have enjoyed a close and time-honored traditional friendship.

Since the 1930s, the two countries’ revolutionary movements had been attached to each other under the leadership of the Indochina Communist Party. Based on the Marxism-Leninism ideology, the special relationship has brought miraculous strength and solidarity to the two nations. During the past wars, generations of Vietnamese troops and people stood side by side with their Lao brothers in fighting against foreign invaders for national independence of Laos.

Both Vietnamese and Lao can now be proud of the history of establishment and development of the rarely-seen Vietnam-Laos special relationship. The Vietnam-Lao special relationship reflects the aspirations of both peoples in promoting unity, supporting each other and fighting the common enemies for independence and freedom of each country. It also fosters comprehensive cooperation during the two countries’ current national construction and development causes.

At the moment, the special ties continue to be enhanced in all fields, particularly economics, education, healthcare, defense and security.

Although the region and world are changing rapidly, the special relationship is still always the invaluable asset of the two nations. This should continuously be strengthened and fostered for the next generations of the Vietnamese and Lao.

Translated by Trung Thanh