Foreign leaders send good wishes on 41st Lao National Day
Foreign leaders, including those of Asean member countries and the United States, have sent messages to their Lao counterparts expressing their best wishes on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of Lao National Day, which fell on December 2.
The messages were sent to the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee Secretary General and President of the Lao PDR, Mr Bounnhang Vorachit; Prime Minister, Thongloun Sisoulith; National Assembly President, Ms Pany Yathotou; and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Saleumxay Kommasith.
The well-wishers congratulated the Lao PDR on its development achievements and wished the Lao people every success in implementing the national development agenda to remove the country from Least Developed Country status by 2020, under the leadership of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and government.
The messages, including those from the leaders of Vietnam, China, the United States, Australia, the Kingdom of Thailand, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates, also reiterated their commitment to furthering friendly relations and cooperation with the Lao PDR.
Th e Vietnamese leaders on December 1 sent messages of congratulations to the Lao PDR on the great achievements during the national construction and development process, with stable security and politics, high economic growth and im proved spiritual and material life.
Particularly, Laos successfully organised the 10th National Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the continued building a country of peace, independence, democracy, unification and prosperity
On December 2, the Chinese leaders also extended their warm congratulations to the Lao government and people for the achievements in the development of the country over the 41 years, under the strong leadership of the Party, government, and people of all ethnic groups of the Lao PDR.
This year is the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and the Chinese government will continue to further its friendship and cooperation with the Lao PDR.
On December 5, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, extended his warmest wishes to President Bounnhang Vorachit and the people of the Lao People's Democratic Republic as it commemorated its National Day on December 2.
This year marked another high point in the US-Lao bilateral relationship, culminating in an historic visit by President Obama and the announcement of a comprehensive partnership. Together we have built a strong, forward-looking relationship and established closer political, economic, and people-to-people ties.
Mr Kerry also congratulated Laos on its successful chairmanship of Asean this year. Laos' leadership played an important role in maintaining peace and security and promoting prosperity in the region.
He added that the US looks forward to strengthening the US-Lao partnership for the benefit of their two peoples, the region and the world. Mr Kerry also wished the Lao people a peaceful and prosperous year.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update December 9, 2016)