Thailand and Laos have reached a cooperation agreement to solve six border-related issues at the 8th meeting of the group of the Thailand-Laos border provinces on March 8.

Under this agreement, the two countries will coordinate to solve cases involving the imprisonment of their citizens, the prevention of the drug smuggling and the preservation of the status quo of the border.

They also head towards improving border checkpoints, encouraging provincial groups to work closely in ensuring peace along the border, and setting up communication channels between them.

Thai Interior Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan spoke highly of the meeting’s outcomes, affirming its contribution to their bilateral ties. In the long term, Thailand-Laos fine relationship will help Thailand intensify its link with other countries in the region, he added.

The 3-day meeting was held in Thailand with the participation of leaders from 12 provinces of Thailand and nine provinces of Laos. /.