Laos and Thailand have agreed to intensify cooperation to protect border security, including joint supervision and patrols as well as measures to fight international crime.

The two countries reached the agreement at the 20th General Border Committee meeting held in the capital of Laos, Vientiane, on July 18. The meeting was co-chaired by Lao Deputy Prime Minister cum Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Douangchay Phichith and Thailand's Deputy Defence Minister General Yuthasak Sasiprapha.

They saw eye-to-eye on increasing coordination and exchange of information between the two countries’ sub-committees as well as military commands at the provincial level to protect the border shared by Laos and Thailand.

It was also agreed that cooperation to address international crimes such as smuggling of drugs and wild animals as well as illegal immigration will be accelerated.

The two sides reviewed and renewed signed provisions that will expire in October 2013.-VNA