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15 January 2010 :: 11:01:10 am 7023

Ministers Discuss Thai-Lao-Nam Link: Under One Visa

Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya and his Laotian counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith on Thursday held bilateral talks on using Route 9 which links the Mekong subregion nations, particularly the possibility of the Thai-Lao-Vietnam road link under a single visa.
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Da Nang, the 14th of January 2010 [TNA]: The meeting of the two foreign ministers was on sideline of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Da Nang, Viet Nam, being held on January 13-14, during which the concept of ASEAN Connectivity was one of the main topics discussed.

A Thai News Agency reporter in Danang said the Lao Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude to Thailand for returning ethnic Hmong back to Laos and pledged his country would facilitate and improve the condition of living for the repatriated Hmong.

The ministers of the two neighbouring countries also discussed over the possibility of the single-visa bus tour connecting the three countries along the Route 9 to promote tourism industry and utilise the roadway.

The journey will start from from Thailand’s northeastern Mukdahan province, entering Savannakhet Province of Laos and ending the trip in Vietnam’s Danang.

Mr Kasit and Mr Thongloun also discussed the cooperation between Thailand and Laos on fishery industry which will help boost the trade of the landlocked Laos.

The Thai foreign minister together with his ASEAN counterparts, the ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan on Tuesday travelled along the Route 9 to ascertain the preparedness of the route before attending the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Da Nang.

The East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC) or Route 9 under the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) links the South China Sea in the Pacific Ocean to the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean.

The 1,600-km route connects Mawlamyine (Myanmar)-Mae-Sot-Phitsanulok-Khon Kaen-Kalasin-Mukdahan (Thailand)-Savannakhet (Lao)-Lao Bao-Hue-Dong Ha-Da Nang (Vietnam).

The construction of the route is aimed at reducing the cost of trans-boundary trade and transportation, promoting tourism, trade and investment across the borders, as well as reducing the sub-regional economic and social gap. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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