VIENTIANE, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin arrived in Lao capital Vientiane on Monday on an official visit at the invitation of Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone.
The visit aims to strengthen the longstanding relations and cooperation between the two Southeast Asian countries, according to a press release issued by the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
An official welcome ceremony in honor of Srettha, his spouse and the Thai delegation he led was held at the Government Office in the Lao capital.
During their meeting, the two prime ministers reviewed the bilateral cooperation in areas including economy, trade, investment, energy, tourism, agriculture, health, bridge and road connection, and human resource development.
Thailand is currently the largest trade partner and the third largest foreign investor to Laos.
The two sides agreed to promote cooperation mechanism to create a favorable environment for pushing trade and investment between them. They also expressed satisfaction about the cooperation on electricity power with Thailand agreeing to increase its annual electricity import from Laos to 10,500 MW.
They also pledged support for each other in the regional and international arena, especially when Laos will in 2024 hold the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ■