Lao, Cambodian PMs highly value bilateral ties

Phnom Penh (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Thursday said they highly valued the bilateral ties and cooperation between their two countries, when they met for talks in Phnom Penh.

Mr Thongloun was in Cambodia to attend the 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders’ Meeting titled ‘Our River of Peace and Sustainable Development’, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

During their talks, the two leaders noted that Laos and Cambodia had maintained regular contact through exchange visits by various delegations.

The two premiers reviewed their cooperation in consular affairs, electricity, tourism, economics and trade among other areas.

Mr Thongloun thanked the Cambodian government and people for the warm hospitality extended to him.

He congratulated Cambodia on successfully co-chairing the 2nd LMC Leaders’ Meeting with China.

The LMC countries comprise Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Mr Thongloun said Laos was honoured that Cambodia and the other LMC countries had entrusted Laos to co-chair the LMC with China from 2018-2020.

As a co-chair, Mr Thongloun pledged that Laos would do its utmost to put into practice the successful results of the 2nd LMC Leaders’ Meeting, which adopted four documents aimed at boosting cooperation among member countries in the coming years.

The documents included the Phnom Penh Declaration and five-year plan of action for 2018-2022 to enforce cooperation and development projects.

As co-chair, Mr Thongloun told the 2nd LMC Leaders’ Meeting that Laos would push for the development of infrastructure to improve connectivity among member countries.

In addition, Laos would work with other LMC member countries to implement measures to facilitate and promote trade, investment and tourism in the sub-region.

The LMC was initiated by China in 2015 and the first summit took place in Sanya, China, in 2016. That summit identified three pillars of cooperation: politics and security; economics and sustainable development; and society, culture and people-to-people exchanges.

During his visit to Cambodia, PM Thongloun also held separate talks with his Vietnamese and Chinese counterparts Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Li Keqiang respectively.

The leaders pledged to work together to further enhance the friendly relations and cooperation between the countries.



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