Hanoi (VNA) – Fighting drug and human trafficking as well as boosting connectivity and economic cooperation are among the most significant agreements reached by Laos and Thailand at their latest meeting.

This was the outcome of the 21st Meeting of the Lao-Thai Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation held in Pakxe district, Champassak province, on February 6, according to Vientiane Times.

Chaired by Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, the meeting discussed key bilateral issues and ways to enhance mutually-beneficial cooperation in major areas.

The two sides agreed to enhance information and intelligence exchange, and strengthen patrol operations along their respective borders in order to combat drug trafficking.

They also supported the outcome of the 16th Laos-Thailand Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation to fight against illicit drugs, according to the Lao Foreign Minister.

Additionally, the two nations agreed to continue with border surveys and demarcation, seeking to complete land border demarcation in 2020 and the demarcation of river boundaries in 2021.

The two sides have carried out surveys and defined a location parallel to the first Laos-Thailand Friendship Bridge in Vientiane for the building of another bridge across the Mekong River to accommodate a railway.-VNA