Lao PM to visit Myanmar to promote friendship, co-op

13:17, July 11, 2011      

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by Feng Yingqiu

Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong is due to pay an official visit to Myanmar Monday at the invitation of Myanmar President U Thein Sein.

Thongsing's trip represents the first one by a Lao leader after a new government was installed in Myanmar.

U Thein Sein, as then prime minister, visited Laos in 2007, initiating a memorandum of understanding on establishing sister cities between Myanmar's ancient city of Bagan and Laos' Luang Prabang which was signed in 2009.

In October last year, former Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe paid a state visit to Vientiane before Myanmar's general election and had discussions with Lao leaders on mutual friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

The two sides touched on cooperation in economic and social sectors between the two countries, construction of the Myanmar- Laos-Vietnam motor road, jointly building of the Myanmar-Laos Mekong River Friendship Bridge and anti-narcotic drives between the two countries.

The two sides also signed a memorandum of understanding on setting up of the Lao-Myanmar Provincial Regional Border Committee to address issue on timely basis.

Myanmar and Laos, sharing border of over 230 kilometers, established diplomatic relations in 1955.

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