12 January

Russian ambassador to Laos Mr. Vladimir Kalinin presented copies of Credentials

The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Laos Mr. Vladimir KALININ presented copies of Credentials to the Director General of Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR Mr. Sengkeo POUANGPADITH.

In accordance with the diplomatic protocol procedures Mr. Vladimir KALININ was received by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR Mr. Sengphet HOUNGBOUNGNUANG and paid a courtesy call to the Director General of Europe and America Department of the Lao Foreign Ministry Mr. Phomma KHAMMANICHANH.

During the meetings both sides emphasized a high level of political interaction, cooperation in security, military and technical spheres, as well as intensification of exchange programs in culture and education. Strengthening trade, economic and investment cooperation was defined as one of priorities of Russia-Laos relations in the short term.

The Russian Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the Lao Side for traditionally close cooperation between Russia and Laos on the most acute issues of international and regional agenda, in particular within the ASEAN framework.