Saleumxay Kommasith

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Saleumxay Kommasith
ສະເຫລີມໄຊ ກົມມະສິດ
Kommasith in 2023
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
20 April 2016
Prime MinisterPhankham Viphavanh
Preceded byThongloun Sisoulith
Personal details
Born (1968-10-31) October 31, 1968 (age 55)
Houaphanh Province, Laos
Political partyLao People's Revolutionary Party

Saleumxay Kommasith (Lao: ສະເຫຼີມ​ໄຊ ກົມ​ມະ​ສິດ; born 31 October 1968) is a Laotian politician who has been Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos since April 2016. [1][2][3] He is one of 13 members of 11th Politburo of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.

He was reelected as Minister of Foreign Affairs for second term at the 9th National Assembly in March 2021.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Saleumxay meets with U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., on January 28, 2020.
Saleumxay meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on May 13, 2022

Saleumxay was born in Houaphan Province, Laos. He gained his MA in International Relations at the Moscow State University of International Relations in Moscow, Russia from 1986 to 1992. He continued his education in Monash University, Australia for another MA in International Study and Development from 1996 to 1997. In addition to Lao, he also speaks Russian, French and English.

Throughout his years in the government, he has an extensive list of appointments. He was Director General of the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2012, he was Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Permanent Representative of Laos to the United Nations. He was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2016. He was elected as Minister of Foreign Affairs in April 2016. In March 2021, he was reelected as Minister of Foreign Affairs for second term by the 9th National Assemble of the Lao PDR.

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  1. ^ "USAID Administrator Mark Green's Meeting With Lao Minister Of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith :Readout, U.S. Agency for International Development". United States: United States Agency for International Development. 2020-01-28. Archived from the original on 2020-03-18. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  2. ^ "Photos Albums :Lao Permanent Mission to the United Nations". United Nations. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  3. ^ "Secretary Pompeo's Meeting with Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith". United States Department of State. United States: United States Department of State. Archived from the original on 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  4. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR". Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  5. ^ MFA Russia [@mfa_russia] (July 7, 2021). "🇷🇺🇱🇦 In #Vientiane, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey #Lavrov awarded the Order of Friendship to Minister of Foreign Affairs of #Laos Saleumxay Kommasith" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith of Laos". China: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. Archived from the original on 2019-08-06. Retrieved 2020-07-01.

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