Lao PM to visit Cambodia to resolve border issue

Lao PM to visit Cambodia to resolve border issue

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at a press conference at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh in 2017. (Khmer Times photo)
Prime Minister Hun Sen and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at a press conference at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh in 2017. (Khmer Times photo)

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will pay an official visit to Cambodia from Thursday to Friday to resolve the two countries' ongoing border issue and strengthen relations.

Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ket Sophann told the Khmer Times on Saturday that Thongloun will visit Phnom Penh next week at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Sophann said the visit aims to discuss further bilateral cooperation between the two countries, particularly, the border issue.

Sophann noted that Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and his delegation on Thursday met Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith in Vientiane.

Sokhonn’s visit aimed to strengthen and expand the scope and depth of bilateral cooperation, including the border issue and shared interest in international cooperation.

The tension between both armies happened after Cambodian authorities accused the Lao army of encroaching onto Cambodian territory in Preah Vihear province’s Chhep district since Aug 14.

Cambodia and Laos began to withdraw troops from the disputed territory last week after senior military officials from both sides conducted negotiations.


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