Foreign ministers move to enhance, deepen friendly Laos-Cambodia relations
Lao and Cambodian governments are looking toward to steps in furthering bilateral cooperation and further deepening friendly relations following an exchange visits by high-ranking delegations.
Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs, MrSaleumxayKommasith and his delegation paid official visited to Cambodia from January 24-25 in response to an invitation from Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, MrPrakSokhonn.
On Tuesday, Minister Saleumxay paid a courtesy visit to His Majesty Preah Bat SamdechPreahBoromneathNorodomSihamoni, King of Cambodia at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.
On the same day, MrSaleumxay held official talks with Senior Minister PrakSokhonn.
During the visited to Cam bodia, MrSaleumxay also attended the meeting of the Laos-Cambodia Joint Boundary Commission to discuss work on border demarcation cooperation.
Since Laos and Cambodia established diplomatic relations in June 15, 1956, cooperation has been developed considerably while the people-to-people exchanges have also been promoted.
To mark this year as the 61st anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and sought to deepen the longstanding traditional friendship and solidarity between the Lao and Cambodian peoples, the Lao and Cambodian governments on January 10 officially opened the first international border checkpoint.
The official opening of this border makes it the first established international border checkpoint between Laos and Cambodia, despite foreign nationals having been permitted to cross at that point for some time already in actuality.
The new international border checkpoint links the NongNokkheane area in Khong dist rict of Champassak province in Laos and the TrapeangKriel area in Cambodia's Stung Treng province.
Laos and Cambodia also plan to build a 145-metre bridge across the Xe Lam Phao River in Mounlapamok district, Champassak province of Laos to connect to northern Cambodia.
A 78-kilometre road linking Mounlapamok district to the Xe Lam Phao bridge is also planned, according to the agreement made between the two countries' prime ministers in June last year.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 26, 2017)