New British Embassy building in Vientiane will be officially opened

Published on April 8, 2013

New British Embassy building in Vientiane will be officially opened on 2 April

Introduction: New British Embassy building in Vientiane will be officially opened on the 2nd of April, according to British Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Philip Malone, the new embassy of the United Kingdom in Laos aims to boost relations between the people and governments of the two countries.

Speaking at the press conference where attended by Media representatives from all sectors and invited guests, British Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Philip Malone stated that, after a 27 year absence, the British government aims to improve relations with Laos through establishing their presence in the region by reopening their doors in Vientiane Capital.

Interterview: Philip Malone, British Ambassador to the Lao PDR

The British Ambassador also mentioned that the VISA services will be received and sent to Bangkok, Thailand to be process while the British passport services will be sent to Hong Kong.
Interterview: Philip Malone, British Ambassador to the Lao PDR

According to him, Laos and the UK established diplomatic relations on September 5, 1955. The original UK embassy to Laos was closed 27 years ago and moved to a base in Bangkok, Thailand. But in late 2012 the governments of Laos and the UK agreed to reopen embassies in each country’s capital city.

It is recorded that, the new embassy of the United Kingdom to Laos officially opened in Vientiane on the 5th November 2012 witnessed by Lao Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Soulivong Daravong, and the new UK Ambassador to Laos, Philip Malone.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Rt Hon William Hague said, “It’s very important that we’re represented here in Laos. This is a country, which enjoys strong economic growth. We want to make sure there are closer links again between the people and government of Laos, and the people and government of the United Kingdom. And that’s why it’s a great pleasure to re-open the British embassy.

The opening of the embassy in Laos is part of the UK’s plan to establish embassies in all 10 Asean member countries, aiming to intensify trade and diplomatic relations with the group and its member states.

LNTV Lao News broadcast on 29/03/2013