Lao government officials and foreign diplomats have joined the people of Vientiane in a walk to mark the 46th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN).

The walking event, held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Patusay square in Vientiane, was also aimed to celebrate 16 years of Laos ’ membership to the regional grouping.

Addressing the event, Lao Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith said the strong participation of representatives from ministries, departments, the diplomatic corps and the locals at the event showed the determination for solidarity in ASEAN.

Over the past 16 years, Laos has actively participated in all ASEAN activities and side by side with other members maintained the solidarity and development of the group.-VNA