Cambodia, Laos vow to boost anti-drug cooperation

2017-01-24 12:19:33 GMT2017-01-24 20:19:33(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia and Laos on Tuesday vowed to further enhance their bilateral cooperation in combating drugs along the border, Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said.

The commitment was made between Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and his Lao counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith during a meeting here.

According to the spokesman, Sokhonn informed Kommasith about the six-month anti-drug campaign that Cambodia launched at the beginning of this month and proposed the Lao side to further boost cooperation between the two countries to combat drug trafficking along the border.

"In response, the Lao foreign minister expressed his agreement with the proposal and promised to talk with the ministries concerned to further enhance the anti-drug cooperation with Cambodia," he said.

Cambodia shares about 533 kilometers of border with Laos to the north and northeast. According to the spokesman, to date, the two countries had demarcated around 465 kilometers of the borderline.

Kommasith arrived here on Monday for a three-day visit. Earlier in the day, he paid separate courtesy calls on Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni.

He will also attend the meeting of the Cambodian-Lao Joint Boundary Commission with Var Kimhong, Cambodian senior minister in charge of border affairs, on Wednesday.