Lao government officials and foreign diplomats on August 2 joined the locals in Vientiane in a walk to mark the 47th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The event, held by the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was also to celebrate 17 years of the Laos ’s membership to the bloc.

Since it joined the group in 1997, Laos has taken an active part in ASEAN-related events, including conferences on anti-drug crime and corruption, transport, forestry, and tourism.

Additionally, the country has encouraged young people to study the association and actively prepare for the 35 th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and ASEAN Chair 2016.

It strives to act as an active member for the happiness of the ASEAN people as well as peace, stability and development in the region and the world.-VNA