Laos walks to mark the 16th anniversary of Laos’ accession to Asean

Published on August 5, 2013

Laos walks to mark the 16th anniversary of Laos’ accession to Asean and the 46th anniversary of the founding of Asean

Laos continues to exert utmost efforts to work closely with other Asean member states in implementing cooperative activities, measures and decisions of Asean to meet the goal of the Asean Community by 2015.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Thongloun Sisoulith spoke at a mini-marathon on Sunday morning at Patouxay Monument to mark the 16th anniversary of Laos’ accession to Asean and the 46th anniversary of the founding of Asean. He said Asean is currently concentrating on the implementation of the Asean Charter and activities focused on regional community building by 2015.

The Asean Community is important for ensuring Southeast Asia and East Asia become regions of peace and prosperity, and for creating an environment conducive for citizens to live in peace and prosperity.

Asean member states, including Laos, are organising various activities to commemorate this event.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration known as Bangkok Declaration by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN. with the aim to promote peace and development in the region and world at large. The day is known as Asean Day, as pronounced in the Asean Charter.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English