Pathet-Lao leader Prince Souphenouvang visited North Vietnam last week (24 May - 1 June) at the head of a 14-man delegation of to -ranking officials of the pro-communist organization.
Pathet-Lao leader Prince Souphenouvang visited North Vietnam last week (24 May - 1 June) at the head of a 14-man delegation of to -ranking officials of the pro-communist organization. The news of his visit -- officially, is first, although attended to Chi Minh's funeral in September 1969 -- was released by the North Vietnam News Agency. Observers recalled that a visit to North Vietnam by deposed Cambodian (now the Khmer Republic) leader Prince Sihanouk earlier this year was kept a secret until it was over.
The Pathet-Lao leader talked with North Vietnamese officials on the Indo-China war during his visit. They reached complete agreement on all issues raised, the agency said, but gave no details.
SYNOPSIS: The Laotian Pathet-Lao leader Prince Souphanouvong visited Hanoi last week at the head of a 14-man delegation of top-ranking officials of the pro-communist organization. It was his first official visit to North Vietnam -- although he did attend the late President Ho Chi Minh's funeral in 1969.
The North Vietnam News Agency described this as a friendly visit. Prince Souphanouvong held a series of talks with Premier Pham Van Dong and although no details were released, the agency said that the two leaders had agreed on every issue. The Prince and his delegation arrived in Hanoi after travelling from a Pathet-Lao controlled area in Laos by car.
At a gala welcoming party the Pathet-Lao leader received an enthusiastic welcome from the crowds. It was a strong demonstration of solidarity for Prince Souphanouvong .... earlier his visit had been praised by North Vietnamese President Ton Duc Thang. Other North Vietnamese officials said the visit was a "brilliant manifestation of the militant solidarity and profound friendship" between the Pathet-Lao and the Vietnamese peoples.
Prince Souphanouvong said that without the held of North Vietnam, a victory over invaders into Laotian territory was impossible. Reports said that both sides had earlier agreed on a long term friendship programme, including military assistance. The Prince was presented with a red flag to commemorate his visit to Hanoi while the cheering crowds applauded the gesture by Premier Van Dong.
Political observers say that Prince Souphanouvong's visit was prompted by an apparent need to strengthen ties between North Vietnam, the Pathet-Lao and the South Vietnamese Provisional Revolutionary Government.