A new set of stamps featuring the close friendship between Vietnam and Laos was issued in Hanoi and Vientiane on July 18 as part of a programme to celebrate Friendship Year between the two nations.
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The set of stamps was designed by Vo Luong Nhi, an artist at the Vietnam Stamps Company.
One stamp, costing VND2,000, features the portraits of late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and late Lao President Kayson Phomvihan, with the image of the flags of the two countries behind.
A second stamp, on sale for VND12,000, features the image of the One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi and That Luang stupa in Vientiane- plus the national flowers of Vietnam (lotus) and Laos (champa).
“The event aims to consolidate the close friendship between Vietnam and Laos that has been nurtured by generations of leaders and peoples of the two countries,” said Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy Minister of Information and Communication, during a ceremony at Hanoi Post Office.
The two nations will use the same artwork but different languages on their own version of the stamps.
This year marks the 35th year of the signing of the Friendship and Co-operation Treaty between the two countries and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.