Officials from the central province of Quang Tri and its neighbouring Lao province of Savannakhet on August 7 agreed to enhance their relations to build a borderline of peace and friendship as well as maintain security and social safety in border areas.

During the talks in the Vietnamese locality, the two sides agreed to work closer in the communication work so as to raise public awareness of the Vietnam-Laos borderline and the marker system between the two provinces.

They will increase coordination in crime prevention and borderline protection for mutual development, while facilitating the travel and trade activities of their people and businesses.

Quang Tri and Savannakhet will instruct their competent agencies to prepare for the implementation of the “One-stop-shop” mechanism, which will be officially launched at their Lao Bao and Densavan border gates in January next year.

In the first half of 2014, Quang Tri and Savannakhet border guards conducted 16 joint patrols, during which they detected and solved 132 border regulation violators and seized nearly 26,000 methamphetamine pills.

The provinces have basically completed the planting of border markers in the field and are about to set up additional 25 auxiliary ones in 15 locations.

The Vietnam-Laos 2,067km borderline, 206km of which running through Quang Tri, is the longest land boundary that Vietnam shares with a neighbour.-VNA