Philippines’ top diplomat to visit Laos

The Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines Enrique A. Manalo, accompanied by his spouse and a Philippine delegation, will arrive in Vientiane on Aug 3 for an official visit to the Lao PDR.

During his visit, Secretary Manalo will co-chair the 2nd meeting of the Laos – Philippines Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR Saleumxay Kommasith. The inaugural JCBC meeting was held on Jul 13, 2017 in Manila, Philippines.

Secretary Manalo will also call on Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone and deliver a speech at the Institute of Foreign Affairs.

The two-day visit will be Secretary Manalo’s first visit to the country in his capacity as Secretary for Foreign Affairs after being appointed in July 2022.

With forty years of service, the Philippines’ top diplomat has served as Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, as well as Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Kingdom of Belgium.

He has likewise served as the Philippines’ Senior Official in the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting in conjunction with his position as Undersecretary for Policy.

The Lao PDR and the Philippines established diplomatic relations on January 14, 1955. The Philippines was the second country in Asia after Thailand, and the fourth country in the world after Thailand, Australia and France, which recognized the Lao PDR.

The two countries will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations in 2025.

Source: Lao News Agency