Laos, Thailand Pledge Enhanced Cooperation | Lao Tribune

Laos, Thailand Pledge Enhanced Cooperation

(KPL) The 21st Meeting of the Laos � Thai Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation held in Champassak on February 2 was wrapped up with fruitful results as both sides agreed to increase cooperation in various areas.

Both sides reviewed the implementation of the minutes of their 20th meeting over the past couple years in the fields of political security, economy, and development cooperation.

They agreed on planned activities for years to come and highly valued the long traditional relations the two countries have nurtured over the past years.

Both sides were satisfied with sound cooperation between the relevant sectors of the two countries on border issues. Laos and Thailand are expected to complete their borderdemarcation by 2020 for land border and 2021 for water boundary.

As for drug inspection and control, both sides made their commitment to increase their exchange of information and conduct patrol along the common border to combat and suppress drug related crimes and promote the implementation of the result of the 16th bilateral meeting on the cooperation on drugs prevention and suppression between the relevant authorities of the two countries.

Both sides urged each other to translate into reality the agreements made in Memorandum of Understanding between the government of Laos and the government of Thailand on Cooperation to Combat Trafficking in Persons signed in Luang Prabang in July last year especially through formulating action plan on transnational human trafficking prevention and surveillance.

They urged the relevant sectors of the two countries to materialise planned cooperation for the sake of the security of the two countries and the region.

Both sides also discussed cooperation on labour, electricity, basic infrastructure development, special economic zone development, tourism, cooperation between provinces located along the common border, immigration facilitation, and land transport, among others.

Source: Lao News Agency