Made by Director General of the Institute of Foreign Affairs, Thieng Boupha, at a seminar titled “ASEAN-Japan Diplomatic Seminar-Progress and Challenges of the ASEAN-Japan Cooperation and Relations in 2016 under the Chairmanship of the Lao PDR and Beyond” in Vientiane Capital on Jan 27.
During the seminar, lectures were given by Japanese Ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara, and Advisor of the Japan Marine United Corporation, Vice Admiral Yoji Koda.
“In 2015, Laos and Japan celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations and the success of bilateral relations and cooperation of the two parties, governments and people,” said Mr Thieng Boupha.
Talking with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during his visit to Japan last year, PM Thongloun said that he highly appreciates the continued expansion of friendly cooperative relations between Laos and Japan and that he is convinced that the bilateral strategic partnership will be further deepened and expanded in concrete ways.
“The Japanese government has been fully supporting the efforts to establish the ASEAN community through various frameworks, such as ODA, the Japan -ASEAN Integration Fund, Japan-Mekong and Japan-ASEAN cooperation, and other forms of bilateral and multilateral cooperation,” said Japanese Ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara.
“On occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN this year, Japan will fully support ASEAN’s efforts to consolidate its unity and centrality in various fields such as politics, security and economics.
“Since then, ASEAN-Japan relations have been developing in many areas. ASEAN has been the largest Asian destination for foreign investment of Japanese companies since 2013. In addition, the number of tourists from ASEAN to Japan has doubled in the past two years, reaching 2.1 million in 2015,” added the ambassador.
Source: Lao News Agency