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Laos visit – photos

February 21, 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr meets a class of ophthalmology students at the National Ophthalmology Centre in Vientiane on February 18, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr meets a class of ophthalmology students at the National Ophthalmology Centre in Vientiane on February 18, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr with recipients of Laos-Australia National Scholarships in Laos on February 19, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr with recipients of Laos-Australia National Scholarships in Laos on February 19, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Governor of Luang Prabang Province Dr Khampeng Xaysompheng on February 19, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Governor of Luang Prabang Province Dr Khampeng Xaysompheng on February 19, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Helena Carr at a dinner hosted by Dr Khampheng Xaysompheng, Governor of Luang Prabang Province on February 19, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Helena Carr at a dinner hosted by Dr Khampheng Xaysompheng, Governor of Luang Prabang Province on February 19, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on February 20, 2013 (Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong on February 20, 2013 (Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Minister Bob Carr with Laos Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Douangdy in Vientiane on February 20, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

Minister Bob Carr with Laos Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Douangdy in Vientiane on February 20, 2013 (Photo: Bart Verweij/AusAID)

2 Comments
  1. February 26, 2013 6:37 am

    Dear Senator Carr

    Were you able to discuss the disappearance of community leader Sombath Somphone with the Lao officials during your visit?

    I have been watching developments in Laos over many years and I am very concerned that the Lao government does not appear to be investigating this incident.

    regards

    Peter Hanley

    • Bob Carr permalink*
      February 26, 2013 1:30 pm

      I raised the case of Sombath Somphone during meetings with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. I conveyed deep Australian concern with his disappearance. Prime Minister Thammavong pledged continuing pressure on relevant government agencies to locate Sombath.

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