Lao NEWS on LNTV: Hosting the 28th and 29th Asean Summits in Vientiane.6/9/2016

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    VO Hosting the 28th and 29th Asean Summits in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is a significant event for the nation
    INTRO: The organising of the 28th and 29th Asean Summits in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is a significant event for the nation, which has been given the high honour of playing host to the summits. Our LNTV news team proudly presents the special report on “Welcoming the Asean Summits”
    STORY: The Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gather in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao PDR on 6-8 September for their annual meeting.
    Prime Minister of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith said in his welcoming remark that, this is the first ASEAN Summit following the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015. Adding, the 28th and 29th Summits will be held back-to-back under the Chairmanship of Lao PDR.
    The Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith graces the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summits and Related Summits, which start on Wednesday the 7th of September at the National Convention Centre.
    Some of the elite figures of the world and the leaders of many countries are taking part in these important events in Vientiane.
    These people include United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United States President Barack Obama, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang, President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev along with the leaders of Asean member cou ntries and dialogue partners.
    These significant figures will be travelling from near and far and from many parts of the world to take part in the 28th and 29th Asean Summits and related meetings here in Vientiane and it is an especially high honour for Laos to be hosting them.
    The 28th As ean Summit will discuss Asean Community building efforts, especially the implementation of the Asean Community Vision 2025 and the way forward, while the 29th Asean Summit will focus discussion on Asean’s external relations and future direction as well as exchange view s on regional and international issues of common interest and concern.
    This will also be the first time for the country to welcome several elite figures of the world, especially United States President Barack Obama, who will be the first sitting US President to visit since establishment of the Lao PDR on December 2, 1975.
    Some important figures will also travel to work and visit some of the best and most popular tourist sites of the country, particularly Luang Prabang, which was approved to be the first world heritage site of the nation by UNESCO in 1995.
    The relations and cooperation between Laos and the wider world have been enhanced after the country was liberated in 1975. Laos has now established diplomatic ties with more than 130 countries around the world since 1975 and economic relationships with over 50 countries. The Lao PDR also has relations and cooperation with numerous countries at a different level.
    Laos is the chair of Asean in 2016, after it was the chair in 2004, which is a great honour for our country and all Lao people. We are proud to be hosting the summits and related meetings and pleased to welcome a large number of guests and friends from the region and further afield to visit the nation.
    The year 2016 is a great year and one of several important years for the country as near and far friends have met first and subsequently several times in the capital of Laos because this year several essential meetings have been hosted here.
    These include the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers’s Meeting, the 48th Asean Economic Ministers’s Meeting and the 15th Asean Socio-Cultural Community Council, Asean Ecotourism Forum 2016, the 10th Asean Defence Minister’s Meeting, the 20th Asean Finance Minister’s Meeting and other related meetings.
    Several significant meetings have agreed, reached consensus and approved documents and statements on several serious issues in the region in order to realise the Asean 2025 vision. The previous meetings have achieved good outcomes and there were no serious problems.
    Apart from organising several meetings, Lao leaders have also attended several important meetings in foreign countries such as in China, Russia, South Korea, and Japan while the country has received important guests, for instance International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, who visited Laos this y ear.
    In the past, Laos has been given the great honour of hosting other significant international meetings such as the 7th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting in 2012 and the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting in 2012. These meetings ended with good results and saw many countries, including friends near and far, congratulate Laos for being a good host.
    The 28th and 29th Asean Summits and related meetings being organised in Vientiane will bring new fruit and greater benefits to the respective Asean member countries as well as the wider world and people around the globe.

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