RI Ambassador Received Cross of Friendship Award from Laos

​Vientiane, Laos: Indonesian Ambassador to Lao People's Democratic Republic, Irmawan Emir Wisnandar, received the Cross of Friendship award from Laotian Foreign Minister, Saleumxay Kommasith, at a ceremony held at the Laotian  Ministry of Foreign Affairs office, November 24, 2017, for his services to improve and strengthen relations between the two countries.

The ceremony was at the same time an official farewell from the Laotian Foreign Ministry toward Ambassador Irmawan Emir Wisnandar who will complete his duties in early December 2017. The ceremony was witnessed by a number of local government officials and staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Vientiane.

The Laotian  Foreign Minister in his speech said that during his work in Laos,  the success of increasing relations between the two countries was recorded in the following areas: a) increasing visits of high-ranking officials of both countries, including the visit of the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo in the framework of the ASEAN Summit in 2016 and the visit of Prime Minister of Laos , YM Thongloun Sisoulith in October 2017; b) increased trade value between the two countries and economic agreements, including Indonesia's investment plan in Laos, c) organizing a number of activities in the effort of increasing people to people contact, business transactions, arts and social culture, such as Wonderful Indonesia in Laos, ASEAN Plus Music and Culinary Festival, Bilateral Seminar RI-Laos, 60-year RI-Laos Photo Exhibition, capacity building and workshop training in various fields to for Laotian  citizens and so on; d) the approval of 5 (five) MoUs between governments of both countries; and e) supporting each other in nominations in various international organizations.

Ambassador Irmawan Emir Wisnandar expressed his gratitude for the appreciation given by the Laotian  Government and expressed his conviction that the bilateral relations of the two countries that have reached the age of 60 years in 2017 will be increasing, which will significantly build a mutually beneficial cooperation between RI-Laos.

The event then continued with lunch with Laotian  Foreign Minister and Laotian  Foreign Ministry officials. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane)