In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic friendship between Laos and France, officials from both countries gathered on the morning of 16 November at Chao Anouvong Park in Vientiane Capital for a tree-planting ceremony.
“We aspire for this tree planting initiative to play a role in mitigating the global temperature rise, with the goal of achieving a reduction by 2 degrees, ideally striving for 1.5 degrees. This aligns with the environmental policies set forth by the Lao government, demonstrating our commitment to fostering a greener and more sustainable environment in Laos,” Mayor of Vientiane Capital Atsaphanthong Siphandone said.
Emphasizing the significance of fortifying the friendship, French Ambassador to Laos, Siv-Leng Chhuor underscored the embassy’s decision to plant Siamese Rosewood trees.
“The choice of this particular tree reflects its endurance and authenticity, symbolizing the enduring friendship between our countries,” the ambassador remarked. “Our collective aspiration is to deepen our relationship further, and that is the primary objective of today’s ceremony.”
Following the speeches, the French ambassador and the city mayor proceeded to water the Siamese Rosewood tree, positioned at the heart of Chao Anouvong Park, officially inaugurating it as the new symbol of friendship between the two nations.
Vongxay Phoumixay, the Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Vientiane Capital, who oversaw the entire event, spoke with the Laotian Times, shedding light on the location choice for the ceremony.
“This park serves as the designated venue for embassies and other international organizations in Laos to conduct activities commemorating important days and events between Laos and other countries,” Vongxay explained, expressing satisfaction with the event.
Addressing potential future events between Laos and France, Vongxay noted that similar activities can be expected as both countries celebrate their longstanding friendship. He confirmed that tree planting activities would continue in the future, particularly on significant days for Laos and France.