News & Events

One Year Anniversary of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone’s Disappearance

Sombath Somphone, one of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s most respected civil society figures, was abducted on the evening of December 15, 2012 from a Lao police checkpoint in Vientiane.  Today marks the one-year anniversary of this deplorable event, which was recorded on Lao Government surveillance cameras.  The United States remains deeply concerned over Sombath’s ...
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United States Offers Provides Disaster Relief to the Philippines

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage. In response to the storm, the U.S. Government announced $20 million in humanitarian assistance, including emergency food aid and critical relief supplies for disaster-affected areas. ...
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Government Shutdown

The Federal Government of the United States of America is currently in a Lapse of Appropriations period starting October 1. The United States Embassy in Vientiane remain open for consular services, including services to American citizens and visa processing.  Appointments for visa services and American Citizen Services will take place as scheduled. We will update this notice ...
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Information Resource Center Hosts Back to School Party

On September 30, 2013, the IRC organized a “Back to School” party for Lao students who spent their summer studying English at the IRC.  More than 60 students, teachers and staff attended.  During the party, the students had many opportunities to practice their English with Embassy Officers including Ambassador Clune.   The Ambassador spoke to the ...
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