• Your Excellency Bounnhang VORACHITH, President of the Lao PDR,
  • Your Majesty,
  • Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
  • Secretary-General of ASEAN,
  • Excellencies,
  • Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, on behalf of the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and on my own behalf, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all ASEAN Leaders, Secretary-General of ASEAN, and all distinguished guests and delegates to Vientiane and to this Opening Ceremony of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits.

Taking this opportunity I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to His Excellency Bounnhang VORACHITH, President of the Lao PDR for honouring us with his presence here at the Opening Ceremony today.

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