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Laos assumes chairmanship of ASEAN
December 13, 2015, 10:45 am

The Ambassador of Malaysia to Kuwait H.E. Ahmad Rozian Abd. Ghani, and Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for 2015, hosted the ACK Chairmanship Handing Over Ceremony at the Embassy of Malaysia on 8 December. Prior to the start of the formalities, an exhibition showcasing photos, mementos and handicrafts from different ASEAN countries was on display. The event commenced with a speech from the Malaysian Ambassador, who spoke briefly about the history of the formation of ASEAN, its achievements and ideals.

The Ambassador also thanked the members of the ASEAN community for their support during Malaysia’s tenure as chairman and urged the community to extend the same support to Laos. A professor from the American University of Kuwait Mark Speece spoke about ASEAN and each of the countries loss and gains in the past, both in politics and economy. The Ambassador of Malaysia presented him with a memento.

In a traditional ceremony, the Malaysian Ambassador to Kuwait handed over the ASEAN flag as a symbol of the ACK Chairmanship to the Ambassador of Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Kuwait H.E. Phouangkeo Langsy. The new Chairman of the ASEAN Community in Kuwait (ACK) Ambassador Langsy delivered a speech and spoke briefly about his country’s intentions as chairman for the year 2016.

The Laos Ambassador said that the theme ‘Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community’ explains his country’s objective. Among those present were Ambassadors of different ASEAN embassies including some guests from other embassies in addition to students from the diplomatic Institute in Kuwait. The Malaysian embassy served traditional Malay food after the formalities concluded that included many delicacies. Different traditional cakes were also served to the delight of the crowd. The Malaysian Ambassador thanked everyone who came to the occasion. 

By Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

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