SEPANG – Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong arrived here today for the Malaysian-chaired 26th ASEAN Summit.
He was received by Youth and Sports Deputy Minister Datuk M. Saravanan at the Bunga Raya Complex, KL International Airport (KLIA).
Thammavong, who arrived in a private Lao Airlines flight from Vientiane, was given a red carpet welcome.
The April 26-27 summit is split between Kuala Lumpur and the island of Langkawi in northern Malaysia.
The grouping is eyeing the creation of the ASEAN Community by year-end, which would see a common economic, political-security and socio-cultural region.
Established in 1967, ASEAN comprises 10 countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Malaysia chaired the ASEAN Summits of 1977, 1997 and 2005. – BERNAMA