PM pushes for 5th, 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridges

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VIENTIANE, Nov 27 — Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha promoted building the fifth and sixth Thai-Lao friendship bridges during his two-day visit to Laos which ended yesterday.

Before leaving Vientiane for Hanoi, Gen Prayut told reporters that Thailand and Laos agreed to build the two new bridges across the Mekong River with the fifth bridge linking Bueng Kan and Pakxan and the sixth linking Ubon Ratchathani and Saravan.

He said Thailand will finance construction of the fifth bridge and will study the project to build the sixth bridge.

The prime minister said Thailand would develop another special economic zone in Nong Khai province in addition to that in Mukdahan province and provide more permanent border crossings to support the considerable and growing border trade with Laos. He also discussed railway connection from Thailand through Laos to China with the Lao authorities.

During the visit, Gen Prayut met Lao President Choummaly Sayasone and members of the Thai business community in Laos.

The Lao president recommended that both countries forget past conflicts

The Thai prime minister asked the Thai business community to increase trade and promised government support for them.