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Dien Bien Phu victory celebrated in Laos

VNA May 08, 2024 10:09

Vientiane (VNA) – A grand meeting was held in Vientiane, Laos on May 7 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory in Vietnam (May 7, 1954).

Vice President of Laos Pany Yathotou speaks at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)

This was one of the activities of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, State and Army to celebrate the historic victory that forced France to sign the Geneva agreements ending the war in the whole Indochina and recognising the independence, unity and territorial integrity of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Recalling the enduring war of the Vietnamese people as well as their 56-day ferocious battle against the French enemy, Vice President of Laos Pany Yathotou affirmed that the Dien Bien Phu victory is a manifestation for not only Vietnam’s solidarity strength and aspiration for peace and independence but also the courage and growth of its armed forces.

She went on to say the Dien Bien Phu victory is a victory of the solidarity of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the struggle against the French colonists, which not only contributed to overthrowing the old-style colonialism in the world but also set an example for other countries to fight against oppression and colonial rule, contributing to the great struggle for peace, democracy and social progress of the humankind.

At the grand meeting (Photo: VNA)

Seventy years have passed but the spirit of the Dien Bien Phu victory remains intact and has been a source of encouragement for the three Indochinese nations, she said, adding Laos has been proud to join the Vietnamese voluntary soldiers in the battles in Laos, creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese army to win the Dien Bien Phu campaign.

She laid a stress on the close ties between Vietnam and Laos, which were built by the blood of thousands of Vietnamese and Lao soldiers, on the foundation laid by President Ho Chi Minh, President Kaysone Phomvihane and President Souphanouvong, and have been nurtured by generations of peoples from both sides.

Despite the rapid and complicated changes in international and regional situations, the two countries should preserve and strengthen their great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation for mutual development, she said, affirming they should enhance solidarity and raise the awareness of their peoples, especially the young, about the special relations./.


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Dien Bien Phu victory celebrated in Laos