The event was chaired by Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, and attended by ASEAN and dialogue partners’ ambassadors in Laos, along with representatives from international organizations.

The flag raising ceremony in Laos celebrates the 51st founding anniversary of ASEAN.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister Kommasith recalled achievements of ASEAN in over half a century, affirming that the organization and ASEAN Community will work to maintain peace, stability amid difficulties and challenges.

He added that cooperation between countries members as well as between ASEAN and international friends and dialogue partners has been strengthened over the years.

ASEAN is among highly-achieving regional organizations of the world and playing important role in the open, inclusive and ASEAN-centered regional architecture, the minister noted.

He took the occasion to thank ASEAN members, the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Center), dialogue partners, as well as international friends and organizations for their help to Laos in overcoming the consequences of the recent dam collapse in Attapeu province.

Source: VNA