A mini-marathon takes place in Vientiane, Laos to mark the 50th ASEAN anniversary. (Photo: mofa.gov.la)

Vientiane (VNA) – Lao senior officials and
diplomats from ASEAN nations took part in a mini-marathon at Patuxay Park in
Vientiane, Laos on August 12 as part of a series of local events to mark the 50th ASEAN anniversary and the 20th year since Laos became a member of
the bloc.

The annual mini-marathon was chaired by Lao Minister of
Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in

In his remarks opening the event, Foreign Minister
Saleumxay Kommasith lauded the significance of ASEAN and its achievements over
the last 50 years.

“ASEAN looks
forward with excitement to the next 50 years and beyond of working hand in hand
among Member States and with all external partners for peace, stability and
prosperity of the ASEAN Community and the world at large”, he said.

For Laos,
throughout the past two decades of being part of the ASEAN, it has made
important contributions to the grouping and has benefited from the ASEAN
Community building process and partnership with all ASEAN external partners,
the minister noted.

Laos will
continue to play its part in further strengthening the ASEAN Community and its
external relations, he added.-VNA