Laos urges Thailand to speed up border demarcation

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The Lao government has urged Thailand to quickly complete demarcation of the border between the two neighbouring countries, and to also help maintain peace along the Mekong River, said Deputy Prime Minister/Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan on Friday.

Gen Prawit told journalists after co-chairing the 21st meeting of Thai-Lao General Border Committee with Lao Defence Minister Lt Gen Sengnuan Saiyalath at a hotel in Bangkok that the Lao side had asked Thailand to urgently accelerate the border demarcation process.

The committee also discussed joint drug suppression during the meeting.

Laos agreed to a proposal made earlier by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to make Nong Khai province, opposite the Lao capital of Vientiane, a special economic zone due to its large trade volume while the border province also offers convenience for communication, said Gen Prawit.

The border committee also discussed a plan to hold a Regional Border Committee meeting at  military region level, aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, he added.