Laos and Myanmar agree to encourage exchange visits by high-ranking leaders and officials to deepen cooperation

Introduction: Laos and Myanmar have agreed to encourage exchange visits by high-ranking leaders and officials at various levels of central to local authorities in order to discuss bilateral cooperation and exchange views on regional and international affairs.

Story: The agreement was made at a bilateral meeting held in Vientiane yesterday during a visit to Laos by a high level delegation from Myanmar led by the country’s Vice President U Nyan Tun.

At the Monday the 30th of March’s meeting, led by the two vice presidents, the two sides pushed for the fruitfulness of existing traditional cooperation by realising agreements to encourage the related sectors from both sides to review and improve legal matters to facilitate cooperation, and identify the sectors and potential of the two countries for cooperation.

The two leaders agreed to push the sectors involved to strongly implement the points approved at the meeting.

Both sides praised the success of the construction of the Mekong Friendship Bridge linking Laos and Myanmar, which is almost complete and is scheduled to officially open on May 8.

On corporation concerning border issues, they agreed that the joint border commissions would identify an appropriate time to hold their 12th meeting at the central level.

Later, U Nyan Tun and his delegation paid a courtesy visit to President Choummaly Sayasone at the Presidential Palace where the two sides said they highly valued the outcome of cooperation between their two countries within bilateral and multi-lateral frameworks over the past 60 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations. Since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1955, the long-standing friendship and close cooperation ties of good neighbours have steadily grown

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, representing the Lao people, praised and said he highly valued the visit by Vice President U Nyan Tun.

The Lao Premiere also appreciated and highly valued the great achievements of the government and people of Myanmar in national development, the implementation of national conciliation, and the open door policy led by President Thein Sein.

U Nyan Tun said he highly valued the outstanding achievements of the Lao people in recent years in implementing the mission of national protection and development, especially implementation of the seventh National Socio-Economic Development Plan.

The Myanmar delegation also visit the Nam Ngum dam in Vientiane province, the Myanmar Embassy in Vientiane, That Luang Stupa, and the Vat Sisaket Museum.

U Nyan Tun and his delegation are visiting Laos from March 30 to April 1 at the invitation of Vice President Bounnhang Vorachit.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on March 31, 2015