Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone is due to arrive in Nay Pyi Taw later on Monday on a state visit to Myanmar.

The visit is a reciprocal one to that made by his Myanmar counterpart U Thein Sein to Vientiane in March 2012.

The two leaders are expected to have talks on promoting bilateral ties and cooperation.
Myanmar and Laos have been focusing on their bilateral relations, especially in security cooperation along the Mekong Basin and border region peace and stability, seeking ways to promote bilateral trade and cooperation in culture, tourist industry, religious affairs and education.

As part of their efforts to facilitate and enhance road connectivity, Myanmar and Laos ave started building Mekong River-Crossing Friendship Bridge since February this year to link Louangnamtha province of Laos and Kengluk, Tachilek of Myanmar’s Shan state.

The bridge will be 691.6 meters long and 8.5 meters wide with two-lane motor way capable of withstanding 75 tons of load per vehicle.

Construction of the bridge was sought during a visit to Myanmar by Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong in July 2011.

Upon completion of the bridge, the two countries will see smooth and speedy road transportation and the bridge will contribute towards swift flow of commodities and better economic development.

To promote security in the Mekong River, both sides are enhancing cooperation on safeguarding navigation in the Mekong River, assuring to prevent undesirable incidents from taking place in the future along the river through timely and effective exchange of information between security forces of the two countries.

The two countries are also cooperating in suppression of transnational crimes, drug trafficking, arms smuggling and terrorist activities, while reaffirming their policy to respect and safeguard each other’s sovereignty and security by not allowing any armed insurgent groups from either side to keep their base in the territory of respective countries.

Moreover, the two countries are also expanding cooperation in legislative affairs especially in recent years when Myanmar was undergoing the reform process which also covered the legislative sector.

Myanmar and Laos, sharing border of over 230 kilometers, established diplomatic relations in 1955.