Singapore leaders commemorate anniversary of diplomatic relations with Lao leaders

SINGAPORE- Singapore leaders have sent letters to their counterparts in Lao People's Democratic Republic to mark the 40th year of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Diplomatic relations between the two nations were established on Dec 2, 1974. President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Minister for Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam exchanged messages with Lao President Choummaly Sayasone, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Thongloun Sisoulith, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

In their letters, the Singapore leaders congratulated the Laotian leaders on the country's 39th national day. They also spoke of the strong ties between the countries.

"Our cooperation is built on a strong foundation of friendship between our peoples. I am confident that our relations will continue to deepen and broaden to the mutual benefit of our countries and peoples in the years to come," President Tony Tan said.

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