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Lao Enovy Stresses Better Bilateral Ties
Lao Ambassador to Seoul Soukthavone Keola, Spouse Sivone Keola Host Dinner for Journalists in Seoul
By Zhou Li
Sweden Correspondent
Lao Ambassador Soukthavone Keola (center) and his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola make a toast with Chairman Yun Ik-Han of The Seoul Times during dinner at his residence on Dec. 30, 2010.

Lao Ambassador to South Korea Soukthavone Keola and his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola hosted a dinner at his official residence in Seoul on Dec. 30, 2010 in honor of senior members of the Seoul Times.

Present at the friendly dinner were Yun Ik-Han, chairman of The Seoul Times and other senior members of the online newspaper including President Kwon Bok-In and Managing Editor Joseph Joh.

Lao Ambassador Soukthavone Keola (5th from right) and his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola (to his right) poses with Chairman Yun Ik-Han (5th from left) of The Seoul Times, and with its other members during dinner at his residence on Dec. 30, 2010.

All the invited guests felt like as at home, thanks to special care and friendly gestures extended by the ambassadorial couple.

The journalists and other media executives were treated with the typical Laos cuisine in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Lao Ambassador Soukthavone Keola (2nd from left) and his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola (to his right) having dinner with members of The Seoul Times at his residence on Dec. 30, 2010.

The dinner gathering was highlighted when Amb. Keola expressed his thanks for appreciation to Chairman Yun for the cooperation and support extended to Laos Embassy by The Seoul Times.

Both Amb. Keola and Chairman Yun agreed to more and better cooperations between Laos Embassy and The Seoul Times to their role in improving bilateral relations between Laos and South Korea.

Lao Ambassador Soukthavone Keola (2nd from left) and his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola (to his right) poses with President Terry (Tae-Lae) Yim (left) of PowerOn Industry and Advisor Yang Chun-Mo of The Seoul Times during dinner at his residence on Dec. 30, 2010.

In particular, Amb. Keola expressed his satisfaction with Laos' distinguished relations with The Seoul Times.

"It is crucial time for The Seoul Times to play as bridge in furthering the friendly relations between Laos and South Korea," the Lao envoy said.

Ms. Zhou Li (left), staff reporter of The Seoul Times is making a toast with Director Juni Park of LKC Communications.

He stressed that the friendship has been deeply rooted throughout the past years and both his embassy and The Seoul Times achieved more progress on the principle of mutual respect and common interests.

Laos established its diplomatic ties with South Korea on June 22, 1974. But the relations were severed on July 24, 1975. The diplomatic relations were reestablished on Oct. 25, 1995. A series of high-level officials' visits to each nation signifies the growing importance of the mutual ties.

Lao Ambassador Soukthavone Keola, his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola

Laos Prime Minister Bounhang Vorachith visited Seoul three times in 2002, 2008, and 2009, respectively. In 2004 South Korea's then-President Roh Moo-hyun visited Laos on the sidelines of ASEAN+3 meeting. Bilateral trade volume reached 106.1 million US dollars in 2008.

For details or inquiries contact the Laos Embassy in Seoul at 796-1713.



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Zhou Li serves as Sweden Correspondent for The Seoul Times. She currently pursues a MA degree in Asian Studies at Sweden's Lund University. She studied economics and trade at Uiversity of Jinan, China. She is interested in Korean economy and culture.

 

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