Vientiane, Nov 22 (PTI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended an Indian community event in Vientiane on Thursday, shortly after she arrived in the Laos capital on a two-day visit.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the minister interacted with participants at the community event.

In her address, Swaraj appreciated the role of the Indian community in acting as a bridge to strengthen India-Laos relations.

“Beginning the Indian community function in #Vientiane to welcome @SushmaSwaraj with Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Vaishnav Jan To. Melodious singing by famous Laotian singer Phonesavanh Lathavong ‘Namfone’,” Kumar tweeted.

Swaraj will hold the 9th Joint Commission Meeting with her Laotian counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith and call on important dignitaries before departing for Delhi.

She will also meet Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

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