Cambodian FM to Visit Laos, Solve Border Dispute

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Cambodian Foreign Minister to Visit Laos, Solve Border Dispute (Photo: Khmer Times)

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn is visiting Laos from 5-6 September in a working visit to resolve the border dispute.

Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith will receive his Cambodian counterpart.

His two-day visit is aimed at “strengthening and expanding the scope and depth of bilateral cooperation, including the border issue as well as cooperation within regional and international areas of shared interest,” said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Laos and Cambodia withdrew troops on August 29 from the countries’ shared northern border as tensions eased,  but where border demarcation has not yet been implemented.

Lao and Cambodian troops at the border
Lao and Cambodian troops at the border

The decision was made at a meeting between the Lao and Cambodian militaries on August 27 at the Donkhamao traditional border in Khong District, Champasack Province.

The tension between the two countries began to simmer on August 11 when Lao and Cambodian troops confronted each other in an area along the border.

The situation was quickly stabilized, however, after leaders from the two nations spoke with each other on August 24.

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