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REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

Since opening in 2008, COPE Visitor Centre has become a popular exhibition for both local and international visitors and features as the number one tourist attraction in Vientiane on internet sites such as TripAdvisor.

 

Since 2013, COPE has been honored to receive the visit of VIPS, including:

 

  • New Zealand’s Governor-General, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae
  • UN Under-Secretary- General Dr Noeleen Heyzer
  • Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.
  • M. Wylbur C. Simuusa, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia and President of the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions
  • H.E. Ms Siren Gjerme Eriksen, Norwegian Ambassador
  • Norwegian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affair, Mr Morten Høglund
  • Madame Naraporn Chan-O Cha, wife of Thai Prime Minister Mr Prayut Chan-O Cha
  • Former Governor General Ms Michaëlle Jean, currently secretary-general of la Francophonie, and Ambassador of Canada Mr Philip Calvert
  • His Royal Highness Prince Joachim of Denmark
  • New Zealand Ambassador Mr Reuben Levermore
  • Dr Dennis Jensen MP and Mr Graham Perrett MP, Australia
  • Ms Julia Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister
  • The Honourable Dr Andrew Southcott, MP for Boothby, South Australia, and the Honourable Warren Entsch, MP for Leichhardt, accompanied by the Ambassador of Australia in Lao PDR
  • Ms Beth Paige, Mission Director, and Mr Todd Sorenson, Deputy Director for USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA)
  • Mr Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, accompanied by Mr Sharad Newpane, Country Programme Specialist, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, Ms Azusa Kubota, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Lao PDR, and Mr Nils Christensen, UXO Portfolio Manager, UNDP Lao PDR
  • Mr. MORIYAMA Masahito, State Minister of Justice, Government of Japan and Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, H.E.Mr Keniichi Ishii
  • Jon Stivers, Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for Development Agency (USAID)
  • Michael Schiffer, US Senate of Foreign Relations Committee with RDMA delegation came to COPE Visitor Center
  • Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs
  • Ms Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Norway
  • Mr Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada
  • Mr Miroslav Lajcák, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Slovak Republic
  • Mr Ben Rhoses, Deputy National Security Advisor, U.S.A
  • Mr Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
  • Ms Rena Bitter, Ambassador of the United States of America in Laos and Ms Alexandra Huerta, USAID Office Laos Office Director

 

Download PDF (President Obama’s remarks at COPE Visitor Center)

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