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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of report in English by Vietnamese news agency VNA website
Hanoi, 7 January: Comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, states and peoples of Vietnam and Laos, particularly in the area of foreign affairs, has in recent years yielded considerable achievements, thus helping to cement the diplomatic ties between the two countries. President Tran Duc Luong expressed his appreciation while receiving Laos' Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Somsavat Lengsavat in Hanoi on 6 January.
The president highlighted the recent conferral of the Lao first Freedom Order (Itsala) to four …