Laos | Independence Day


Ambassador Sayakane Sisaouvong and his wife Somsanith welcomes Thai Ambassador Mr Kittiphong Na Ranong

The Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan, Ambassador Sisaouvong and Philip Malone, former British Ambassador to Laos

ASEAN heads of mission pose for a commemorative photo

Soutsedy Khamphanthong (Laos), Ambassador Sisaouvong and his wife Somsanith with Ambassador of Brunei Maj Gen (rtd) Dato Aminuddin

Ambassador Sisaouvong and his wife Somsanith with the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alastair Harrison

Great expectations

There were many reasons to raise a glass at this year’s Laos Independence Day celebrations. Not only did the event mark 40 years since the formation of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, but the evening also celebrated 60 years of UK-Laos diplomatic relations, the first anniversary of the Laos Embassy in London and the country’s upcoming term as ASEAN chair in 2016.

“The past four decades have seen one of the most stable periods in the history of Loas,” said Ambassador Sayakane Sisaouvong. “Laos has built more infrastructure and accumulated more GDP than it has in the past six centuries.” As a landlocked, country at the crossroads of five neighbours, the Ambassador said Laos had the makings of becoming “the Switzerland of South-East Asia.”

PHOTOS: PIERRE DE VILLIERS


Julian Evans tells guests about the close UKLaos bilateral relation

Ambassador Sisaouvong and the Ambassador of Iceland Mr Thórdur Egir Oskarsson

The Ambassador of Cambodia Mr Kim Heng Meas and his wife Ms Meardey Huot

Turkish Ambassador Mr Abdurrahman Bilgiç and his wife Esra with the Ambassador of Mongolia Mr Narkhuu Tulgu