Thongloun Sisoulith

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Thongloun Sisoulith

Thongloun Sisoulith (born November 10, 1945) is a Deputy Prime Minister of Laos, as well as the current Foreign Minister. He became Deputy Prime Minister and President of the State Planning Committee on March 27, 2001,[1] and subsequently he was appointed as Foreign Minister on June 8, 2006, replacing Somsavat Lengsavad. He is a politburo member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, ranking fifth.

Sisoulith was born in the Houaphan province of Laos, and he studied at Pedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat in Houaphan from 1962 to 1969. He was further educated in the Soviet Union. In addition to Lao, he speaks Vietnamese, Russian and English.

Throughout his years in government he has an extensive list of appointments. He was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1987 to 1992, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 1993 to 1997, and a member of the National Assembly from 1998 to 2000.


  1. ^ "Laos new cabinet lineup", Asian Political News, April 2, 2001.

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