September 23, 2017

Myanmar, Laos ink agreement on management of friendship bridge

Union Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Laotian counterpart Mr Saleumxay Kommasith after exchanging notes of agreement for management of the friendship bridge.
Union Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with Laotian counterpart Mr Saleumxay Kommasith after exchanging notes of agreement for management of the friendship bridge.

Myanmar and Laos signed an agreement yesterday for management of the friendship bridge that links the two Southeast Asian countries.
The agreement for the first bridge ever across the Mekong River between the two countries was signed by Union Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Laotian Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Saleumxay Kommasith in the presence of President U Htin Kyaw and his counterpart Bounnhang Vorachitch.
The bridge, which links Myanmar’s Tachileik in eastern Shan State to Laos’ Luang Namtha Province, was inaugurated last year by the then-presidents of both countries. The bridge was opened in May 2015.
The idea of constructing the 691.6 meter-long Myanmar-Laos Friendship Bridge at a cost of 26 million U.S. dollars was first raised during an earlier visit to Myanmar by Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong in July 2011. The project begn in February 2013.

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