Thailand Holds Talks with Cambodia and Lao PDR

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai held talks with Mr. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia, and Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR, on the sidelines of the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held in Chongqing, China, on 6-8 June 2021.

According to a report from the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Thailand and Cambodia emphasized that local authorities on both sides of the border should continue working closely together to prevent illegal border crossings, which is a main factor leading to the current wave of COVID-19 infections in many countries in the region.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia, expressed satisfaction that cross-border trade between Thailand and Cambodia has continued uninterrupted despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cambodia thanked the Royal Thai Government for taking good care of Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand, especially by providing them with access to healthcare services and the permission to continue working legally in Thailand.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR discussed prevention of illegal border crossings to contain the spread of COVID-19 and measures to stimulate economic recovery in both countries, including harmonization of standards relating to COVID-19 to facilitate more efficient cross-border trade and people exchanges.

Both sides exchanged views on ways to promote greater trade and investment flows through better connectivity linking Thailand and the Lao PDR. They also discussed strengthening energy cooperation and jointly tackling cross-border issues, such as transnational organized crimes.

On this occasion, the Foreign Minister of the Lao PDR thanked all relevant sectors in Thailand for their support to the Lao government and its people in coping with the COVID-19 situation in the Lao PDR.

Source: The Government Public Relations Department