Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, began this morning his two-day official visit in Laos, at the invitation of his Lao counterpart H.E. Thongsing Thammavong, to strengthen and expand the relationship and cooperation between the two countries, according to the special envoy of the National Television of Cambodia (TVK).
Following the official reception ceremony, Samdech Techo Hun Sen held retreat and bilateral talks with his Lao counterpart. Both leaders lauded the past cooperation between the two nations and highly valued the optical cable connection, which contributed to expand the close connectivity between both governments and peoples.
In addition, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and H.E. Thongsing Thammavong discussed the increase of direct flights and road transport so as to boost tourism, transport and trade between the two neighboring countries, the border marker plantation, the promotion of bilateral trade and the bilateral cooperation in combating cross border narcotic trafficking and illegal logging, as well as that in the frameworks of Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam, Cambodia-Laos-Thailand, ACMECS and Mekong cooperation.
H.E. Thongsing Thammavong expressed warm welcome to Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his entourage, stressing that the visit will further boost more cooperation between Cambodia and Laos.
Laos will continue to closely cooperate with Cambodia and push forward the export of electricity from Laos to Cambodia up to 130 kilovolts and the expansion of power grid construction, he underlined.
For his part, Samdech Techo Hun Sen suggested the creation of a joint commission of both nations to build a cross border bridge linking Preah Vihear province of Cambodia to Champasak province of Laos, and the promotion of bilateral trade from US$10 million in 2000 to US$20 million in 2014 or 2015.
The Cambodian premier welcomed Laos’ decision to establish a General Consular Office in Siem Reap province of Cambodia.
The talks also touched on the fields of social affairs, culture, art, health and human resource training.
After the talks, Samdech Techo Hun Sen and H.E. Thongsing Thammavong witnessed the signing ceremony of seven documents – Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Establishment of General Consulates between Cambodia and Laos, Agreement on Education for the period of 2014-2018, Agreement on Sister City Relationship between Phnom Penh and Vientiane Capital Cities, MoU on Legal and Judicial Cooperation, MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Culture and Art for the period of 2014-2017, MoU on Health Development Cooperation, and Cooperation Plan for year 2014 between the Ministry of Interior of Cambodia and Ministry of Public Security of Laos.