Saykhong Saynasine, Director of the tertiary education department at the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports and Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the Laos - Vietnam Friendship Association (Photo courtesy of the official)
– A Lao official has highly valued Vietnam’s
open foreign policy of diversification and multilateralisation of foreign
relations and being a friend of all countries as seen in its support for other
countries in the COVID-19 combat.
Saykhong Saynasine, Director of the tertiary education department at the
Lao Ministry of Education and Sports, granted an interview to the Vietnam News
Agency on the occasion of the national conference on foreign affairs.
The official, who is also Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the
Laos - Vietnam Friendship Association, said that facing COVID-19, Vietnam has
supported Laos with medical equipment and experts to help fight against the
Vietnam has also presented medical supplies to many other countries while
it is also struggling with the spread of the disease, he said, noting that this
has not only illustrated its open foreign policy of diversification and
multilateralisation of foreign relations and being a friend of all countries,
but also helped the country reap major successes in external relations,
especially in the vaccine diplomacy.
Saykhong described Vietnam as a role model in the pandemic combat,
affirming that Laos will keep coordinating closely with Vietnam in COVID-19 control
and post-pandemic recovery.
Despite the complex COVID-19 situation in 2021, leaders of Laos and
Vietnam have continued working together to maintain their countries’ great
friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation, he said. He hoped that the two sides would continue coordination and mutual assistance to obtain
more accomplishments in various fields.
The year 2022 will hold special importance to bilateral relations as
Vietnam and Laos will mark 45 years since the signing of their Treaty of Friendship
and Cooperation (July 18, 1977) and 60 years since the establishment
of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962).
On behalf of the Laos - Vietnam Friendship Association, Saykhong pledged
to intensify cooperation with the Vietnam - Laos Friendship Association to help
bolster people-to-people diplomacy and educate the young on the great
friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation - a priceless
heritage of the two nations./.