The delegation was accompanied by Major Viengsac Sutthivan, Lao deputy defense attaché to Vietnam.

Major General Pham Van Huan, PAN Editor-in-Chief, welcomed the Lao guests, wished them a good trip in Vietnam and briefed them on the history and development of the PAN over the past 70 years. He said, the PAN is an organ of the Central Military Commission and the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense, the voice of the armed forces and people, and one of the most prestigious newspapers in the Vietnamese revolutionary press sector. Its major missions are to reflect two strategic tasks of the country, namely building and safeguarding the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Also, it has actively disseminated information to fight wrongful viewpoints and acts that run counter to the Party’s and State’s policies as well as the interests of the Vietnamese people.

Major General Pham Van Huan receiving Colonel Khamsao Keoviseth

VPAN’s Editor-in-Chief affirmed that the newspaper has gained significant achievements over the past time. He said that the newspaper currently has four major publications, namely the printed daily, the weekly newspaper, the online newspaper with Vietnamese, English, Chinese, Lao and Khmer versions, and the “Events and Witnesses” monthly magazine. He also introduced the guests to the contents of the online newspaper in Lao language with eleven pages covering politics, defense-security, Vietnam-Laos ties, and so on. The Lao online newspaper was put into operation recently, drawing a great number of readers and receiving encouraging comments from the public, he added.

At the event

At present, the newspaper is actively popularizing the images of the Vietnamese country and people, remarkable achievements of the Lao people and the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos. In addition, the military press agency has launched numerous social activities and called on individuals and organizations to care for national contributors and needy people.

For his part, Colonel Khamsao Keoviseth thanked the PAN’s leadership for the warm reception and the open-minded experience sharing. He stressed that the visit has contributed to enhancing the solidarity and friendship between the press agencies of the two militaries. He hoped that the two agencies would accelerate professional cooperation in the years ahead, particularly in reporters’ training, information sharing and expertise exchange, contributing to better performing each side’s tasks in the time to come.

* Earlier, LPAN delegates visited the Military Broadcasting Center. On this occasion, the delegation will also tour several Vietnamese military units and tourism attractions in Hanoi.

Translated by Trung Thanh