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Australia to provide 60 scholarships for 2022

Australia will provide 60 scholarships for Lao students to study at Australian universities in 2022, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith held a telephone conversation with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne on Wednesday to discuss and further build friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Mr Saleumxay thanked Australia for providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) and scholarships to Laos as a strong contribution to the country’s development.
The two leaders discussed Australia and Laos’ shared interest in a stable and prosperous region with Asean at its centre, and the challenges posed by Covid-19, according to the Australian Embassy in Vientiane.
 Australia is supporting Laos’ recovery from Covid-19, including through the AUD232 million Mekong Australia Partnership.
“Australia and Laos share warm, longstanding ties, and we look forward to celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations in 2022,” the statement from the Embassy read.
 In addition, Australia has pledged to continue to assist Laos, particularly supporting the nation’s battle against Covid-19, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 During the talks, the two ministers reaffirmed that they would work closely with other Asean leaders to elevate the Asean-Australia partnership to a higher level.
 Laos will serve as Asean Country Coordinator for Australia from 2021-2024.
During the talks, the two ministers said they highly valued the development of their longstanding friendly ties and tradition of cooperation following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1952.
Mr Saleumxay thanked Australia for supporting Laos’ preparations to become the Asean Chair in 2024, with Lao officials having been sent for internship at the Permanent Mission of the Lao PDR to Asean in Jakarta, Indonesia.

By Times Reporters
 (Latest Update October 8, 2021)


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