Laos, Myanmar strengthen border security
Laos and Myanmar have agreed to further strengthen their cooperation in regards to security along the borders.
The matter was outlined during the 12th Meeting of Laos-Myanmar Border Committee, held in Yangon from February 15-16.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, the Lao delegation was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith while the Myanmar side was led by Minister of the State Mr U Kyaw Tin.
During the meeting, both sides praised the close relationship between the people of the two countries and good cooperation in border areas and economic development in Laos - Myanmar.
The two parties highlighted that the expansion of cooperation between Laos and Myanmar will further enhance peace and the progress of the two countries as well as the regional.
Both delegate discussed tightening border security between the neighbouring countries, and also boosting ties and strengthening cooperation between the two countries to achieve greater security and peace along the Laos-Myanmar border.
The parties discussed the cooperation between the border's officials of the two countries, especially in the issues of using border passes, border checkpoints, border trade, border markers inspection, drug control, navigation on the Mekong and other issues that benefit together.
The two parties also observed and valued the management of the 12th Meeting of Laos-Myanmar Border Committee following the agreement on border security cooperation that both sides signed on March in 1997.
The meeting discussed issues related to development of cooperation between the border of the two countries as using the transit, border, border trade, cross-border inspection markers, controlled drugs, the navigation on the Mekong and other issues of mutual benefit.
Both delegations reviewed and praised the success of a practice session recorded of the recent meeting between the borders of both countries have experienced success in sharing information and resolving the inequality that existed along the border, including the suppression of trafficking drugs and other criminal activities.
The two sides agreed to encourage local border officials to pay attention to increase and exchange information agility to ensure peace, prevent cross border crime, drug smuggling and other issues.
They agreed that local authorities would disseminate knowledge and information to people along the border on the issues of addressing negative social phenomena occurring along the borders, including drug trafficking and other crimes.
The meeting was important in pushing each other to allow citizens of third countries to use international borders to promote tourism, trade and the economies of the two countries.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 18, 2017)