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Laotian president to visit Myanmar

YANGON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone will pay a state visit to Myanmar soon, said an official announcement Friday without specifying the date of his visit.

Choummaly's tour to Nay Pyi Taw will be a reciprocal one after his Myanmar counterpart U Thein Sein visited Vientiane in March last year.

Myanmar and Laos have been focusing on enhancing their bilateral relations, especially in security cooperation along Mekong Basin and border region peace and stability, seeking ways to promote bilateral trade and cooperation in culture, tourist industry, religious affairs and education.

As part of their efforts to facilitate and enhance road connectivity, Myanmar and Laos have started building Mekong River- Crossing Friendship Bridge since February this year to link Louangnamtha province of Laos and Kengluk, Tachilek of Myanmar's Shan state.

Upon completion of the bridge, the two countries will see smooth and speedy road transportation and the bridge will contribute towards the swift flow of commodities and better economic development.

To promote security in the Mekong River, both sides agreed to enhance cooperation on safeguarding navigation in the river, assuring to prevent undesirable incidents from taking place in the future along the river through timely and effective exchange of information between the security forces of the two countries.


Myanmar, Laos start building Mekong River friendship bridge

YANGON, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and Laos have started building Mekong River-Crossing Friendship Bridge with stakes driven at both sides of the construction sites in the weekend, official media reported Tuesday.

The Myanmar-Laos Mekong River-Crossing Friendship Bridge is of steel truss type which links Louangnamtha province of Laos and Kengluk, Tachilek of Myanmar's Shan state. Full story

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