|The award ceremony to present Laos’ National Gold Order and first-class Freedom Order (Issara) to several senior Vietnamese leaders (photo: Vu Dung/VOV)
Attending the ceremony were President Nguyen Xuan Phuc – the honorary guest of the ceremony – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, and a number of Party and State officials.
Vice President Bounthong Chitmany, Politburo member and standing member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Secretariat attended the event.
On behalf of the Party and State of Laos, Mr. Chitmany presented the National Gold Order – Laos’s highest distinction – to PM Pham Minh Chinh and NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.
|Bounthong Chitmany, Politburo member, standing member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Secretariat, Vice President of Laos presents the National Gold Order – the highest distinction of Laos - to Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. (photo: Vu Dung/VOV)
He also awarded the first-class Issara to 11 Vietnamese officials who are Politburo members and Secretaries of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee in the 13th tenure.
He called it a worthy reward for their great contributions to preserving, cultivating, and strengthening the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam.
Conveying his sincere thanks to the Lao Party and State, PM Chinh said receiving these awards on this special occasion is extremely encouraging to the Vietnamese leaders in developing the unique and special relationship between the two parties, states and peoples. He said that the Party, State and people of Vietnam are determined to constantly nurture the exemplary, faithful and pure relationship between the two countries.
He said he believes that from the experience learnt from the past struggles for national independence and freedom, the two parties, states and peoples will continue to unite and work together to overcome all difficulties and challenges, and support each other to build an independent and self-reliant economy, thus bringing a peaceful, prosperous and happy life to the peoples, and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.