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Russia, laos Signe Cooperation Agreements

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia and Laos have signed several agreements and a declaration on strategic partnership during the Lao president’s first official visit to Moscow. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted his Lao counterpart Choummaly Sayasone for talks focused on bilateral trade, telecommunications and hydroelectric power Thursday in the Kremlin. Following the talks, the two presidents signed the declaration […]

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Trade, Economic Issues Top Agenda for Lao-Russian Summit

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Lao President Choummaly Sayasone meets in Moscow Thursday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for talks expected to focus on rapidly growing trade between their countries. Russian statistics show two-way trade totaled almost $40 million in the first seven months of this year, compared to less than $9 million in all of 2010. Russian sales to […]

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Campbell: US To Improve Ties With Laos

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. official says the United States is committed to enhancing communication and engagement with Laos. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says Washington and Vientiane have been cooperating on unresolved issues stemming from the Vietnam War, such as unexploded ordinance. And he says some of the most enduring areas of cooperation are related […]

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Thai PM Continues Regional Diplomatic Mission

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived in Laos Friday for a one-day official state visit. Ms. Yingluck was slated to hold talks with her Lao counterpart Tongsing Tammawong on bilateral relations, trade and investment. She is expected to announce an assistance package for those in Laos affected by recent natural disasters and a school partnership […]

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China Provides Flood Relief Donation to Laos

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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China has given Laos a donation of $30,000 to help ease the suffering of victims of two major tropical storms. The storms, Haima and Nock-Ten, struck in late June and late July, causing Laos’ worst flooding in decades. The floodwaters swept away houses and rice barns and damaged thousands of hectares of farmland. Chinese Ambassador […]

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Lao President Arrives in Hanoi on Friendship Visit

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Lao President Choummaly Sayasone has arrived in Hanoi for a three-day visit at the head of a high-level delegation. Choummaly, who also serves as general secretary of Laos’ ruling Communist Party, is visiting Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Truong Tan Sang. He is accompanied by […]

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Environmental Group Says Laos Approved Dam Project, Ignoring Neighbors’ Concerns

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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An environmental group says Laos appears determined to build a multi-billion dollar dam on the Mekong River, despite neighboring countries’ concerns about the project’s economic and environmental impact. U.S.-based International Rivers says it has obtained a letter sent earlier this month from Laos’ energy ministry to the Thailand-based developer of the Xayaburi dam, saying the […]

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Laotian Legislators Elect President, Prime Minister

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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A five-yearly national congress in Laos has handed new terms to the president and prime minister in an anticipated continuation of power in the one-party state. President Choummaly Sayasone was confirmed to his second five-year term by the 132-member legislature Wednesday, months after he was nominated by the politburo of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary […]

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