Thailand and Laos: 2nd Joint Cabinet Retreat

Thailand and Laos have expressed readiness to take part in the 2nd Joint Cabinet Retreat in mid-May.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, on Tuesday, welcomed Mrs. Pany Yathotou, President of Laos’ National Assembly, who was on an official visit to the country as the guest of the Thai Parliament.

PM Yingluck has noted the growing and closer relations between Thailand and Laos, proven by constant visits by government leaders and officials of both nations.

Mrs. Yathotou’s current trip to Thailand was intended to allow both neighbors another opportunity to discuss more on legislative and legal issues related to the realization of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

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The Thai Premier also extended an advance greeting to Prime Minister of Laos Thongsing Thammavong and his spouse, who will visit Chiang Mai for the 2nd Joint Cabinet Retreat (JCR), scheduled on May 19, and the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, which will be held on May 20.

Ms. Yingluck is confident that the visit by the Prime Minister of Laos and his Cabinet will present a good opportunity for the discussion of various important issues and solve pending problems as well as enhancing the two nations’ cooperation in many ways.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Pany expressed her appreciation to Thailand’s continued commitment with Laos, which has helped strengthen cross-border ties in every possible dimension, particularly in the areas of trade and investment.

The President of the National Assembly of Laos also thanked the Thai government for supporting the private sector and the state enterprises to invest more in her country while recognizing the significant progress in the 4th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, which is expected to boost trade and tourism of both countries.

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