Diplomatic Corps Wish Laos a Happy 42nd Birthday

Ambassador John Williams, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Laos
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Friday, Dec 1 – On the occasion of Laos’ 42nd birthday, the diplomatic corps together with resident representatives of international organizations paid a visit to the Presidential Palace in Vientiane to wish their host country and its leaders and people the very best of wishes.

The distinguished group was received by President Bounyang Vorachit, Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith accompanied by their spouses and other high ranking Lao officials.

President Vorachit, Prime Minister Sisoulith, Vice President Viphavanh and spouses receives guests from the international community at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane

President Vorachit, Prime Minister Sisoulith, Vice President Viphavanh and spouses receives guests from the international community at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane

Leading the group was Dean of the Diplomatic Corps was Australian Ambassador to Laos, John Williams. Ambassador Williams offered his congratulations to the government leaders and people on their accomplishments in advancing national progress and development over the last four decades.

Australian Ambassador John Williams gives speech as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

Australian Ambassador John Williams gives speech as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

“The people of the Laos have much to celebrate, and are right to be proud of how much this young country has achieved over the past 42 years, from very humble beginnings back in 1975,” Williams said. “A number of ambassadors and their spouses joined me on a visit to Xieng Khuang and Huaphan provinces a few weeks ago; a visit taking in the Viengxay Caves – the birthplace, in many ways, of this nation. We came away from that visit with a much better appreciation of the spirit and resolve of your founding fathers, and mothers, and the challenges they strove to overcome.”

“And we also left Huaphan, after many scenic hours on windy, mountain-top roads, with an even clearer sense of the challenges of geography the Lao government still faces today; how to deliver essential services and drive the socio-economic development of so many isolated, remote communities across this beautiful, diverse country,” he added.

 

President Vorachit expressed his tremendous and sincere gratitude to the embassy heads and international organization leaders for the overwhelming support that they’ve shown over the years since the country’s establishment.

In particular, the President emphasized the importance of the international community doing excellent work in the government and non-governmental spheres. He also took the opportunity to encourage everyone to do all they can to help make Visit Laos Year 2018 a success.

 

Source: KPL

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