The Hanoitimes - On last weekend, the first Vietnam - Laos border friendship exchange kicked off in the mountainous northern province of Son La.
The event was organized as part of the activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Co-operation (July 18) and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 5).
Vietnam - Laos border friendship exchange kicks off.
The event will involve the Border Guard High Command of Vietnam, the Lao Border Guard Department under the Lao General Staff of People’s Army, and the General Department of Police under the Lao Ministry of Public Security.
The program aims to foster the solidarity and traditional friendship between Vietnamese and Lao border guards and to increase their collaboration for the sake of constructing a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation, and development.
In addition, A joint patrol of the border guard forces of Vietnam and Laos was held at Border Marker 255 on the shared border on July 23 as part of the first Vietnam-Laos border friendship exchange in Vietnam’s northern Son La province.
The joint patrol carried out by the border guard forces at Long Sap border gate in Son La and Company 214 in Huaphanh, Laos, was witnessed by Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong and his Lao counterpart Lieutenant General On Si-Sen Suc.
The construction of Marker 255 started in 2011 and finished on 2012. The marker was intended to dedicate to a shared border of peace, friendship, and stability between the two countries.
The joint border patrol between Vietnam and Laos takes place on a regular basis to protect the border markers at grass-root levels, examine border lines and immediately handle criminal offenses, and improve mutual understanding between the two sides. It also aims to prevent cross-border criminal activities, such as illegal exits and entries, trafficking, illegal fishing, drug smuggling and more.
The two deputy defense ministers also co-chaired the ceremony to launch a friendship border medical station in Bo Sap village which was constructed by people from Bo Sap village of Moc Chau district, and Muong village in Laos. It is expected to help strengthen solidarity and special friendship between the two nations’ border guards and people.
Source: Nhan Dan