Laos, DPRK diplomats confident of strengthening longstanding relationship

DPRK Ambassador to Laos, Mr Ri Yong Chol delivers his lecture.

LAO PDR (Vientiane Times) - The longstanding friendship between the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will be strengthened persistently despite increasing global complications. Diplomats from the two countries gave their confident assessment as they gathered in Vientiane yesterday to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations on June 24, 1977.

In his opening remarks during a lecture held to mark the diplomatic anniversary, Head of Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), Mr Khamsuay Keodaravonng briefed those present about the relationship over the past 45 years. He said relations between the Lao PDR and DPRK had been strengthened persistently based on being good friends, good cooperative partners, and comrades of a common political ideology, who have supported and assisted each other in both regional and global arenas.

Ambassador Khamsuay noted the historical visit of the late General Secretary of Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Mr Kaysone Phomvihane to DPRK in 1977, which he said became an important milestone in promoting relations between Lao PDR and DPRK.

The two countries had continued regular exchange visits of delegations from parties, governments, and mass organisations since that time. “The exchange visits were a significant contribution to the persistent strengthening of relations between the two nations,” he said.

Relations between the Lao PDR and DPRK have also been enhanced by the exchange of cultural activities, joint exhibitions, and students, which Mr Khamsuay said contributed to the promotion of mutual understanding between the two nations. In his lecture, DPRK Ambassador to Laos, Mr Ri Yong Chol highly valued the traditional relations and good cooperation between the two nations.

He highlighted the bilateral relations, which began at a time when the Lao people were battling against foreign aggressors, and who received support and assistance from the DPRK. Relations have been strengthened persistently since then.

The DPRK ambassador stressed the agreement between high-level leaders from the two countries on strengthening relations and bilateral cooperation with a focus on organising the Lao PDR-DPRK Joint Commission meeting and the regular exchange of high-level leaders’ visits. Mr Ri reminded those present about the increasingly complicated global situation, which he said might impact upon both Laos and DPRK.

However, he expressed confidence that the friendly ties and bilateral cooperation, which he said were longstanding and based on mutual assistance, would be enhanced to serve the interest of the two countries. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khamphao Ernthavanh also joined the lecture.