Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of

LAOS – AUSTRALIA

Diplomatic Relations 1952 – 2022

Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

I’m delighted to send my warm greetings as Australia and Laos celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations. Our nations are rightly proud of this auspicious milestone.

Laos and Australia share many things. Our countries are blessed by abundant natural beauty. Our people are open, generous and innovative. We bring energy and commitment to our partnerships in our region.

Australia and Laos work together to address local and regional challenges. Australia is proud to be ASEAN’s Comprehensive Strategic Partner and we look forward to collaborating with Laos as our ASEAN Country Coordinator…

PRIME MINISTER MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

I’m delighted to send my warm greetings as Australia and Laos celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations. Our nations are rightly proud of this auspicious milestone.

Laos and Australia share many things. Our countries are blessed by abundant natural beauty. Our people are open, generous and innovative. We bring energy and commitment to our partnerships in our region.

Australia and Laos work together to address local and regional challenges. Australia is proud to be ASEAN’s Comprehensive Strategic Partner and we look forward to collaborating with Laos as our ASEAN Country Coordinator. Together, we share ASEAN’s vision to further an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.

As the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 continues to impact our region, equitable access to vaccines remains a priority. I was enormously pleased Australia could deliver one million doses of vaccine to Laos.

Recovery from the pandemic’s impact on people and the economy is an urgent focus for both our countries. Cooperatively, including through the Mekong–Australia Partnership, we will concentrate on the issues and pressing needs in the Mekong.

For 70 years, Australia and Laos have worked to build, maintain and enhance a vital diplomatic relationship for the benefit of our people and our region. As we celebrate an achievement to which we have both given so much, we can look to the future with great optimism.

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

This year, Australia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic celebrate 70 years of unbroken diplomatic relations. It is a special milestone for our two countries, and I am honoured to be involved in the celebrations.

We are proud that Australia has been a reliable and trusted partner to the Lao PDR across 7 decades. We will continue to build on our development cooperation including in education, human resource development and natural resource management.

We will further strengthen business ties and support the people and Government of Lao PDR to achieve their goals towards inclusive and sustainable development…

HE Marise Payne MP - Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

This year, Australia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic celebrate 70 years of unbroken diplomatic relations. It is a special milestone for our two countries, and I am honoured to be involved in the celebrations.

We are proud that Australia has been a reliable and trusted partner to the Lao PDR across 7 decades. We will continue to build on our development cooperation including in education, human resource development and natural resource management.

We will further strengthen business ties and support the people and Government of Lao PDR to achieve their goals towards inclusive and sustainable development. We also have a shared interest in the security and prosperity of our region, and ASEAN centrality.

COVID-19 has presented social and economic challenges for both of our countries. We are committed to supporting Lao PDR and the region to respond to and recover from the pandemic, across health security, resilience, economic recovery and stability.

In response, Australia has launched a number of new regional initiatives including the Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) and Partnerships for Recover (P4I). We are committed to ensuring that this support responds to the region’s priorities, including Lao PDR.

I am confident that the longstanding friendship shared between the people and governments of Australia and the Lao PDR will continue to deepen in the years to come.

7 THEMES

FOR 7 DECADES

2022 marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Laos and Australia – Laos’ longest unbroken diplomatic relationship with any country!

This website features some of the many highlights from our close and longstanding partnership

OUR STORY IN PICTURES

Diplomatic relations have existed since 1952 – the longest unbroken diplomatic relationship Laos has with any country. Senior Australian and Lao officials engage regularly on the bilateral relationship, regional cooperation and common strategic challenges.

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