“HCM City Days” opens in Vientiane
Update: Jun 28, 2012
The "Ho Chi Minh City Days" opened in Vientiane, the Lao capital, on June 27 as part of Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year 2012 celebrations.

The Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, Le Thanh Hai, said that the city has always treasured its ties with Vientiane and other Laotian localities.

He also noted that the friendship between the two cities has flourished across all fields, contributing to their joint development and prosperity as well as boosting special relations more broadly at a national level.

The highlights of the event include a photo exhibition, a trade-investment-tourism promotion conference and a wide range of cultural performances and sports competitions.

The Lao Deputy Prime Minister, Soukan Mahalath, spoke highly of the event, saying that it helps the citizens of Vientiane to learn more about Vietnam's largest economic hub.

He expressed his gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, Government and people for their practical support to Vientiane.

The Ho Chi Minh City Days also marks 35 years of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty and 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations.