The Laotian Foreign Minister Prime Sipraseh arrived on Wednesday (22 March) in Bangkok for three days of talks with Thai leaders.
The Laotian Foreign Minister Prime Sipraseh arrived on Wednesday (22 March) in Bangkok for three days of talks with Thai leaders. Relations between Thailand and Laos have improved steadily since successful border talks last January.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Phoune was met on arrival by the Thai Deputy Prime Minister Sunthorn Hongladarom, and Foreign Minister Upadit Pachariyangku.
Mr. Phoune, who's also Vice-Premier, is the highest ranking Laotian official to visit Thailand since the communists came to power in laos three years ago.
Mr. Upadit said the main purpose of the visit is to strengthen and enhance relationships between the two neighbouring countries. (SEQ 1-4)
Within hours of his arrival, Mr. Phoune had talks with Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanand. The wideranging discussion, which lasted an hour, covered economic cooperation and border problems.
General kriangsak told reporters after the talks, that he believed the troubles along the Thai-Laotian border would be lessened in the future. He said refugee problems were also discussed but no agreement had been made. The Thai leader said he informed Mr. Phoune that his government would not allow any Laotian refugee to use Thailand as a base to fight against Laos.
Following his meeting with General kriangsak, the Laotian minister had an audience with King Bhumipol Adulyadej. On Thursday (23 March), Mr. Phoune will have talks with his Thai counterpart Mr. Upadit before leaving for the seaside resort of Pattaya on the Gulf of Siam. (SEQ 5-7)