Vietnam President attends Lao airport’s inauguration

By N. Son - Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (front, second from right) and his Lao counterpart Choummaly Sayasone (second from left) join the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark Attapeu International Airport's opening in Attapeu, Laos on May 30, 2015. Photo: N.Son Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (front, second from right) and his Lao counterpart Choummaly Sayasone (second from left) join the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark Attapeu International Airport's opening in Attapeu, Laos on May 30, 2015. Photo: N.Son

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Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang on Saturday attended the inauguration ceremony of Attapeu International Airport in Laos.
The airport, located in the southern province of Attapeu, has a total investment of US$36 million with funding from Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai JSC. Its construction began in May 2013.
Attapeu International Airport includes a 4,300 square-meter terminal capable of serving 300 passengers a day along with a 1,850 meter runway that can cater for ATR-72 and Fokker aircraft.
Sang told the ceremony: “This is a key project in southern Laos which illustrates the efficiency and diversity of the two countries’ economic ties.”
He also took this chance to ask Vietnamese companies to continue promoting their attainments by boosting business cooperation while supporting social activities in Laos, ultimately consolidating the solidarity and friendship between the two nations.
For his part, Lao Party chief and President Choummaly Sayasone hailed the Vietnamese leader’s presence at the ceremony as an evidence for solidarity and special relations between the countries.
He appreciated Hoang Anh Gia Lai for investing the project, which will help forge connection among domestic localities and between Laos and neighbor countries, thus enhancing their people-to-people exchanges and economic and tourism cooperation.
During his one-day visit to Laos, President Sang also had a meeting with Party chief Sayasone.
The two leaders expressed their expectation that a recently-signed trade agreement between the two countries would raise the two-way trade from $1.4 billion last year to $2 billion this year.
Also on Saturday, President Sang visited former Laos’s President Khamtay Siphandone.
He also attended the inaugural ceremony of the first phase of a project restoring the historical site of Wathat-Khu pagoda – which is dedicated to King Saysettha.
He planted a commemorative tree at a monument in Champasac province in commemoration of Vietnamese and Lao fallen soldiers for the cause of national liberation.

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