Lao Prime Minister meets US President at Asean Summit
Lao Prime Minister Mr Thongsing Thammavong met US President Barack Obama in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to discuss the expanding relationship between the two nations.
During the meeting PM Thongsing Thammavong highlighted the growing partnership between the US and Laos in the health and UXO clearance sectors.
The two leaders were in Malaysia to participate in the Asean Summits. Next year, Laos will take over the Asean chairmanship.
“I look forward to becoming the first US President to visit Laos when it hosts Asean next year,” President Obama stated during a speech at the Asean Business and Investment Summit, according to a press release from the US Embassy in Vientiane.
In his speech, President Obama congratulated Asean on launching the new Asean Community. He highlighted the United States' expanding economic relationship with Asean: “[T]oday, Asean is one of the largest markets for US exports, and American businesses invest more in Asean than any other of these regions.”
The US is committed to helping Laos successfully host high-level Asean meetings in 2016, including the Asean Summit and the East Asia Summit.
Currently the US has increased its presence in the Asean region including Laos a fter having been partners for nearly 40 years. During the summit, the US and Asean agreed to elevate their relationship to a strategic partnership, marking a new era of even stronger cooperation. According to the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House, the United States is committed to this partnership for the long run and continues to deepen and broaden engagement with Asean and its individual member states.
The Asean-US Plan of Action 2016-2020, which the leaders endorsed at the summit, is a symbol of this mutual commitment. The United States supports Asean's central role in many of the region's key institutions and works closely with Asean to strengthen Asia's regional architecture.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update November 24, 2015)