President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse Tran Nguyet Thu left Hanoi for Vientiane on August 9 (Photo: VNA)
– President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his
spouse Tran Nguyet Thu, and a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese Party and State
left Hanoi on August 9 for Vientiane for a two-day official
friendship visit to Laos.
The visit, paid at the invitation of General Secretary of
the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and President of
Laos Thongloun Sisoulith, is the first official visit to a foreign country by a
senior Party and State leader after the 13th National Party Congress, and the first trip abroad
by the State leader since he took office.
President Phuc’s entourage includes National Assembly Standing Vice Chairman Tran
Thanh Man, Minister of Public Security To Lam; Minister of National Defence
Phan Van Giang; head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Tran
Tuan Anh; Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the
Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Do Van Chien; Deputy Prime Minister Le
Van Thanh, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External
Relations Le Hoai Trung; Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son; Minister of Justice
Le Thanh Long; Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien, and Minister of Construction Nguyen Thanh Nghi, among others.
The visit, taking place only six weeks after LPRP General Secretary and President of Laos Thongloun
Sisoulith visited Vietnam, is of significance to the bilateral relationship.
It is hoped to contribute to maintaining the sound tradition
of the special ties between the two countries, opening up a new development
period in the relations between the two Parties, States and people, aiming to
continue to accelerate the great friendship, special solidarity and
comprehensive cooperation between the two sides./.