First Meeting of the Japan-Laos Senior Officials' Diplomatic Consultation

April 28, 2011

  1. On Thursday, April 28, the first meeting of the Japan-Laos Senior Officials' Diplomatic Consultation was held in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The meeting was attended by Mr. Kunio Umeda, Director-General of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, who is the head of the Japanese delegation, and others from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Embassy of Japan in Laos from the Japanese side, and from the Lao side by Mr. Phouangkeo Langsy, Director-General of the Asia-Pacific and Africa Department, and others from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos.

  2. The consultation was commenced following the agreement made between the two leaders in March 2010 during the Japan-Laos Summit Meeting. During this first meeting, broad-based discussion took place on bilateral relations, bilateral cooperation within the international community, and the regional and international situations.

  3. At the start of the meeting, the Japanese delegation expressed deep appreciation for assistance from Laos in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The two sides agreed to further strengthen the cooperative relationship between Japan and Laos as a comprehensive partnership. Along with bilateral cooperation such as people-to-people exchanges, economic relations, and economic cooperation, they agreed to further enhance the connectivity of ASEAN, efforts to address environmental issues through the Japan-Mekong cooperation, and cooperation in the area of disaster prevention through various frameworks. Further, with regard to the regional and international situations, the delegates exchanged views on the situations in East Asia and Southeast Asia.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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