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UPDATED: 13:27, December 20, 2006
2nd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge officially opens
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The second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge linking the Lao province of Savannakhet with northeastern Thailand's Mukdahan province officially opened Wednesday.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand and Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachit jointly presided over the opening ceremony on Wednesday morning which was witnessed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries and diplomatic corps, according to the Thai News Agency.

The 2nd Friendship Bridge is aimed at facilitating transportation, trade, investment and tourism activities for countries in the Mekong Sub-region.

Bridge construction began on March 21, 2004. The bridge has two traffic lanes and is 12 meters wide and 1,600 meters long. It is part of the land transport development plan of the East-West economic corridor running through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

Previously, the first Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge over the Mekong linking the Thai province of Nong Khai and Lao capital Vientiane was opened in 1994.

Source: Xinhua

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