Myanmar, Laos Vow to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation in All Sectors


Myanmar and Laos have vowed to enhance bi­lateral cooperation in all sectors with a specific fo­cus on the socio-econom­ic development of border inhabitants, according to sources with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The pledge was made at the 12th meeting of My­anmar-Laos Border Re­gion Authorities at cen­tral level in Yangon.

The meeting, co-chaired by Lao Foreign Minister Saleumaxay Kommasith and Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Tin, also discussed bilat­eral cooperation in border security, economic, edu­cation, health, trade and tourism sectors.

Sharing a border of over 230 km, the two countries established diplomatic re­lations in July 1955.

Both Myanmar and Laos joined the Associa­tion of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1997.

Lao President Boun­nhang Vorachitch and his Myanmar counterpart U Htin Kyaw exchanged visits in May and August last year, during which an agreement on manage­ment of the Myanmar-Lao Friendship Bridge was signed, the first bridge ever to cross the Mekong River between the two countries linking Myan­mar’s Tachileik in eastern Shan State and Lao’s Lu­ang Namtha Province.


Source: Myanmar Business Today

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